Kate Simko has carved an international career as an electronic music producer, film composer, live performer, and DJ. Hailing from Chicago, Kate’s music reflects the influences of the city’s underground sounds, as well her background in classical piano and film music.
Kate graduated from the Royal College of Music in London in 2014 with a Masters in Composition for Screen and received her Bachelors in Music Technology from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, Kate began DJ’ing on WNUR, and oversaw the electronic music format at the station, and scored her first film.
Upon graduation, Kate moved to Los Angeles where she worked with Academy Award winning sound designer Stephen Flick, gaining her first experience in feature films. She has released multiple albums and soundtracks, reaching the Top 100 in the Billboard Classical chart, as well as the Top 10 in house music charts worldwide. Her music has been licensed by ABC Television, Victorinox, and Giorgio Armani, and she has written original music for films, commercials, iPhone apps, and shows on the BBC, Netflix, and PBS.
Kate launched her own ensemble London Electronic Orchestra in 2014. The core LEO ensemble, featuring harp, strings, and Kate on keys, has performed at prestigious venues and festivals worldwide, and released the debut ‘Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra’ album on tastemaker label The Vinyl Factory in 2016. LEO had their biggest show to date to close 2018, selling out the Barbican Centre in London with Jamie Jones. Their new collaboration ‘Opus 1’ featured an expanded 28-piece London Electronic Orchestra, with 90 minutes of music arranged for orchestra by Kate.
Kate’s latest project is a feature-length score for 137 Films, whose past PBS documentary ‘The Atom Smashers’ also featured Kate’s soundtrack. The film ‘We Believe in Dinosaurs’ is represented by CAA, with plans to release the soundtrack on Kate’s label, London Electronic Recordings.