For years, Tim Simonec has been one of the busiest orchestrators in Hollywood. He has orchestrated and conducted over 80 feature films and 25 television series. He has also composed the music for the feature films A Rumor of Angels and additional music for Suicide Kings and Anne Frank: The Whole Story, which won an Emmy for best mini-series. He recently composed big band competition music for the film, Whiplash, one of the most critically acclaimed independent films of 2014.
He began working as orchestrator/conductor for Graeme Revell in 1991. Some of their films together are Pineapple Express, Daredevil, The Negotiator, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. In 1996, he began working with composer Chris Tyng. Their projects together included Kazaam, The Associate, and the TV series Futurama. Since 1997, Tim has been working with Michael Giacchino as his conductor and orchestrator/arranger. Over the years their projects have included video games such as Medal of Honor, Call of Duty; TV series, Alias, LOST, Fringe; and films, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Family Stone, Mission Impossible 3, Star Trek, UP , Super 8, Cars 2, MI4:Ghost Protocol, Star Trek: Into Darkness and most recently Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
For his arrangement of the end-titles of UP, Tim was nominated for a Grammy.
Tim was born and raised in Chicago… making him, to this day, a diehard Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks fan. He began playing the organ and piano at age 8, and became the church organist at the ripe old age of 12! Despite his teen years at the keyboards, he chose to study theology in college. And while his intent was to become a minister, his love of music was a constant in his life. He arranged music for orchestra during college, and after graduation, Tim was hired to write a theme for a local television program. The moment he heard studio musicians play his composition, he realized his passion and career would be music.
Soon after arriving in LA in 1979, Tim was hired to compose music for Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Family Ties. All was moving along well until March of 1984. After experiencing debilitating numbness in his hands and a painful, stiff neck, Tim was diagnosed with a tumor on his cervical spinal cord. The operation to remove the tumor resulted in Tim becoming a quadriplegic. He was told he would never walk again. After thousands of prayers, the support and love of the woman who became his wife, and great determination, Tim learned to walk again. In medical terms, he is a walking quadriplegic. He also regained partial use of his hands, which has enabled him to conduct orchestras.
In 1986, he returned to pursue his passion and career in film music, which he continues to this day.
A Look Book of Tim and Janet’s Story