Simon Franglen is a Grammy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated composer, arranger and music producer. He served as arranger and synth programmer on scores for four of the top grossing films of all time (Avatar, Titanic, Skyfall and Spectre), and his credits include six of the best-selling pop albums of all time. He received a Grammy Award for Record of the Year for his production on the smash hit “My Heart Will Go On” from James Cameron’s Titanic, and received Golden Globe, Grammy Award and World Soundtrack Award nominations for co-writing and producing the theme song “I See You” from Cameron’s Avatar.
Upcoming projects include co-composing the score for director Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, which he completed following the tragic death of his long-time colleague and friend, composer James Horner. He and Horner collaborated for the past several years on the music for Disney World’s upcoming Avatar World, a highly-anticipated, immersive attraction scheduled to open in 2017. He has written music for Terrence Malick’s astonishing Voyage of Time to be released late 2016. Other projects include a groundbreaking immersive suite for four orchestras, choir and bells to be premiered in 3D at the top of the 2000ft high Shanghai Tower at the end of 2016.
Franglen has worked for decades as an arranger, programmer and producer with many of Hollywood’s leading composers including John Barry, Howard Shore, Thomas Newman, Alan Silvestri and most notably James Horner, with whom he worked for nearly twenty years. Franglen contributed to projects as diverse as creating the disturbing electronica for David Fincher’s seminal Se7en, producing the vocals for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge and scoring One Direction’s chart topping 3D concert film This is Us.
With over four hundred music credits, Franglen also has worked with an array of pop, RnB and classical artists including Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Celine Dion, Luciano Pavarotti and Madonna. He had a very successful decade-long relationship with David Foster. During the 1990’s, Franglen’s credits included a quarter of the US Billboard No.1 records during a single five-year period.
Franglen is a visiting professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and a Guest Professor at the China National Academy of Art.