15 17 Oct '24

Rob Simonsen

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Function: Composer WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member

Rob Simonsen is a composer, solo artist and co-founder of composer collective The Echo Society. Simonsen has paved his own musical path, and through years of study and experimentation, crafted a voice that both respects music traditions and explores new bounds.

Simonsen’s journey began when his score for indie film Westender caught the attention of composer Mychael Danna. Through subsequent collaborations with Danna, Simonsen contributed additional music to features Moneyball and Life of Pi, and co-composed the score for 500 Hundred Days of Summer. This, along with his own growing body of work, prompted The Hollywood Reporter to list him as one of the “Composers primed to take their place on the A-list.”

Since then, Simonsen has collaborated with directors Darren Aronofsky (The Whale), Shawn Levy (The Adam Project), Jason Reitman (Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Tully), The Duffer Bros (Stranger Things), Greg Berlanti (Love, Simon), Gavin O’Connor (The Way Back), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Julia Hart (Stargirl, Fast Color), Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, Gifted), and Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Nerve). His music has been called “perfectly calibrated” by the New York Times, “Sensitive” and “Sophisticated” by Variety, and “rich” by Hollywood Reporter.

Simonsen’s dedication to artistic expression extends beyond film work. Surrounding himself with a network of dedicated artists, he co-founded The Echo Society to connect and inspire the Los Angeles community with site-specific live and interactive audiovisual performances.

In 2019, Rob released a solo album on Sony Masterworks entitled Rêveries.

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