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Rob Mathes


Rob Mathes is an Emmy-winning, Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated arranger/composer, music producer/ director and singer/songwriter.

Rob has produced recordings by Sting, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Beth Hart, Vanessa Williams, Bettye LaVette, Matthew Morrison and the band Panic at the Disco. He is an Emmy winner for his yearly music direction of the Kennedy Center Honors for CBS and he arranged and was music director on Sting’s world tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He musically directed HBO’s We Are One: the Obama Inauguration Concert at the Lincoln Memorial, featuring Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, John Legend, U2, Beyoncé and others, and has MD’ed the Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards for the past 15 years. He has performed at the Grammys with Bruce Springsteen and done the orchestral arrangements for his last two records.

As an arranger, Rob has written orchestrations for a number of stars all over the stylistic spectrum from Elton John, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion and Tim McGraw to Lou Reed, Mavis Staples, Jay-Z, Lenny Kravitz, Sade, Eric Clapton, Avril Lavigne, Beck, Aretha Franklin, Hall and Oates, Harry Connick Jr, Fall Out Boy, Butch Walker and Mariah Carey, also working with classical artists such as Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt and Yo-Yo Ma.

As a composer, Grammy-winning conductor Leonard Slatkin commissioned Rob to write a score based on Gershwin themes called Gershwiniana for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His A Standing Ground: Concertino for Orchestra was premiered by the Nashville Symphony conducted by Slatkin in 2009. He was nominated for a Best Original Score Emmy twice for the HBO movie Thurgood and the HBO documentary Herblock: the Black and the White. His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Oleta Adams, Aaron Neville, the Rascal Flatts, David Sanborn, Wynonna Judd and Vanessa Williams, among others. He co-wrote a number of songs with Sting for his most recent album, The Last Ship.

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