Rob Simonsen (born March 11, 1978) is an American film composer located in Los Angeles.
Rob learned to play the piano by ear early in life. His grandmother was a voice teacher and music was around him in the family. His first musical interpretations were inspired by film scores, modern orchestral works, electronic music, and jazz. He would later study piano performance and music theory while being enrolled at Southern Oregon University, the University of Oregon, and Portland State University.
Rob's first break into film composing was through the independent feature Westender in 2003. In 2004 he teamed up with Mychael Danna and has provided additional music and arrangements on Surf's Up, Fracture, Moneyball and the Oscar-winning, Life of Pi. The two have co-composed the film (500) Days of Summer, and the television series, Blue Bloods and Dollhouse, created by Joss Whedon. His most recent work includes the Sundance Film Festival features The Way, Way Back and The Spectacular Now.
In 2009, he opened his own studio, while The Hollywood Reporter named him 'One of the 15 Composers Primed to Take Their Place on the A List.'
Rob's music can be heard in nearly all iPhone 5 ads - he appears as the conductor in the commercials as well.
- Wish I Was Here (2014)
- The Way, Way Back (2013)
- The Spectacular Now (2013)
- Life of Pi (2012) additional music
- Girl Most Likely (2012)
- Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
- The Final Member (2012) Documentary
- LOL (2012)
- The English Teacher (2012)
- Moneyball (2011) additional music
- The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best (2011)
- All Good Things (2010)
- (500) Days of Summer (2009) co-composed with Mychael Danna
- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) additional music
- Management (2008) co-composed with Mychael Danna
- Stone of Destiny (2008) additional music
- Surf's Up (2007) additional music
- Lonely Hearts (2006) additional music
- Eve and the Fire Horse (2005)
- Two Fisted (2004)
- Westender (2003)
- Blue Bloods (series) (2010–2013)
- Battleground (series) (2012)
- Dollhouse (series) (2009–2010)