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Rob Simonsen has diverse credits as composer, from movies to television shows to advertising campaigns, and as such has written music that has been performed by both small ensembles and 85-piece orchestras with choir.
Born into a musical family, he began playing the piano by ear at a young age. His early musical experiments were inspired by film scores, modern orchestral works, electronic music, and jazz. He would go on to pursue piano and composition while studying at Southern Oregon University, the University of Oregon, and Portland State University.
Mr. Simonsen first began working on film music with the 2003 independent feature Westender, directed by Brock Morse. At the movie’s Seattle International Film Festival premiere, he met acclaimed film composer Mychael Danna. Mr. Danna encouraged him to relocate to Los Angeles, where he worked as the composer’s assistant and learned the craft of scoring music to picture. He was later able to collaborate with Mr. Danna on the scores to Stephen Belber’s Management, starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn; and Marc Webb’s 500 Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.
Mr. Simonsen has since composed the scores for Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things, starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst; Lisa Azuelos’ upcoming LOL, also for Mandate Pictures, starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore; and Jill Andresevic’s documentary Love Etc. He has also provided additional music for such films as Bennett Miller’s Moneyball.
Television viewers know his work from the series Dollhouse and Blue Bloods, including the main theme for the latter. In 2009, Mr. Simonsen opened his own studio in Hollywood, out of which he composes and produces for music for film and other mediums.