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MGP_0511_Robert Townson_by Michael Grecc

Robert Townson is the most prolific producer of film music in the world. Working with the legends of film music, past and present, including Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Georges Delerue, John Williams, Maurice Jarre, Dave Grusin, Lalo Schifrin, James Horner, Alan Silvestri, Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Danny Elfman, Carter Burwell, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, David Arnold, Rachel Portman, Patrick Doyle, Brian Tyler, John Powell and almost everyone else, Robert has produced nearly 1500 film music recordings. In July of 2010, he celebrated the release of his 1000th album, with a deluxe boxed set of Alex North’s Spartacus.

Townson founded his first record label, Masters Film Music, in Canada in October of 1985. His first album release was Jerry Goldsmith’s The Final Conflict, and the string of successes has continued, uninterrupted, ever since. Townson and Goldsmith would end up doing over 80 albums together. His complete discography of original soundtracks, restorations of classics and new recordings is impossible to even summarize briefly. It overflows with blockbuster and Academy Award-winning films, iconic and Emmy-winning television productions, as well as Grammy-nominated and -winning recordings.

Robert Townson began producing a series of film music concerts during his days recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He collaborates with of all of the world’s major film music festivals, including the Fimucité Festival on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium, Film Music Festival in Krakow, Poland, and Hollywood In Vienna. In August of 2011, Townson co-produced the official Abbey Road Studios 80th Anniversary Concert in London, while his summer 2012 schedule included the official Universal Pictures 100th Anniversary Concert, with the Tenerife Symphony for Fimucité. 

2013 saw Townson produce and host China’s very first film music concert on the stage of the Venetian Resort Hotel featuring the Macau Orchestra and Choir and flute soloist Sara Andon.

California’s Golden State Pops Orchestra dedicated their entire 2013 season to the celebration of Varèse Sarabande’s 35th Anniversary. This included a show on May 11 that brought together an unprecedented assembly of film composers — Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Powell, Michael Giacchino and Brian Tyler among them. 

Robert was presented with the prestigious Ambassador Award at the Krakow Film Music Festival’s 10th Anniversary Gala in May 2017. 

Robert reunited with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in November 2018, producing and hosting concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow which celebrated the Varèse Sarabande 40th Anniversary and looked back over his 30-year career with the label and his 40-album series of recordings with the RSNO. 

Robert Townson continues his soundtrack and concert production activities bringing great film music, live and recorded, to audiences all over the world. His newest recording, “Cinema Morricone,” featuring flutist Sara Andon and pianist Simone Pedroni, will be released May 24 on Sony Classical.

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