The New York Philharmonic

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Rob Mathes is an Emmy-winning and Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk Award–nominated arranger / composer and music producer / director. He has produced recordings by Sting, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Bettye LaVette, Vanessa Williams, Melissa Errico, and Panic at The Disco. He won the Emmy for his work on the Kennedy Center Honors, a program that he served as musical director for more than a decade. He directed President Obama’s inaugural celebration for HBO and PBS’s Great Performances 40th anniversary special. He orchestrated Bruce Springsteen’s last three records, and music-directed and arranged Springsteen’s film Western Stars. Raised by Yale-trained classical musicians who weaned him on Bernstein and Mahler, as well as Bob Dylan, Mathes has written orchestrations for artists from Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, and Mavis Staples to Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, and Beck; from Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, and Fall Out Boy to classical artists Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt, and Yo-Yo Ma. Mathes has written the scores for two HBO films nominated for Best Original Score Emmys: Thurgood, starring Lawrence Fishburne, and the documentary Herblock. In 2010 Mahler expert Gilbert Kaplan hired him to make an orchestral reduction of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, now published by Universal Music. Mathes has written music for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony, National Symphony, Boston Symphony, and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Vanessa Williams, Faith Hill, and Rascal Flatts. He co-wrote several songs with Sting for his album The Last Ship, and music-supervised and orchestrated the Broadway show of the same name. He has been working with Elvis Costello on a musical in development at the Public Theater. Rob Mathes arranged and conducted the song scores for the films In The Heights, The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman, and Tick, Tick… Boom!, directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and wrote the arrangements for Panic at The Disco’s No. 1 record Pray for The Wicked. He orchestrated Weezer’s OK Human and conducted the band’s concert film with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Records released under his own name include Evening Train and Orchestral Songs, recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios.

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