Kate Simko

American born, London-based composer, electronic music producer, and leader of her ensemble London Electronic Orchestra, Kate Simko blends distinctive influences from her hometown, Chicago, and formal training in classical piano and jazz. Kate’s music has been licensed by ABC Television, Victorinox, and Giorgio Armani, and she has written original music for films, commercials and shows featured on the BBC, Netflix and PBS. 
After graduating Northwestern University’s music school Kate’s career started in Los Angeles interning on feature films, and then took a surprise turn as her live electronic music career took off. She spent her twenties performing at revered clubs and festivals across the globe, from underground venues in Berlin and Tokyo to the Montreal Jazz Festival and Millennium Park in Chicago. A prolific producer, her back catalogue includes three albums, numerous EPs, film soundtracks and original classical compositions. Notable achievements include her remix of Philip Glass’s ‘Houston Skyline’ appearing in Billboard’s Top 100 Classical Chart and her house track ‘Go On Then’ ending 2011 in the Beatport Top 10 Deep House chart.
Furthering her orchestration and film composition skills, Kate moved to London, where she completed a Masters in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music in 2014. While at the RCM she conceived her innovative classical-electronic ensemble, the all-female London Electronic Orchestra. Kate & LEO have performed at venues and festivals worldwide, including the Royal Albert Hall, the National Gallery, iTunes festival, Latitude Festival, Bestival, MIDEM in Cannes, Le Poisson Rouge in New York and Wonderfruit in Thailand, among others. 
The ensemble’s self-titled album Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra was released via The Vinyl Factory in 2016 to critical acclaim. In 2018, Kate teamed up with electronic music superstar Jamie Jones and sold out the Barbican Centre with their ‘Opus 1’ concert featuring a 28-piece LEO ensemble. The following year she turned her focus to orchestrating a concert with techno pioneer Carl Craig and the 70-piece Chineke! Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, and is now Craig’s lead arranger, working with orchestras at all of his live shows.
Distinguished by organic sound recordings, spatial depth, and warm electronics seamlessly blended with live orchestral instruments, Kate’s music to picture has accompanied various documentaries, including The Atom Smashers (PBS Independent Lens), Banana Land: Blood, Bullets & Poison, BBC China, Sacred Journeys (PBS), and We Believe In Dinosaurs (PBS Independent Lens), which was selected for a commercial release by top Hollywood soundtrack label Lakeshore Records in 2019. Kate’s feature drama score, to the LA indie film 20 Weeks, was centered around her writing for LEO harp and strings, which has become a signature part of her scores.  
Her latest feature score, for Underplayed, was selected to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2020. The film’s premiere is being rescheduled for Fall 2020, which will coincide with the official release of Kate’s soundtrack. In Autumn 2020 Kate is joining her alma maters faculty as a part-time professor of Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music.
– Marcus Barnes 2020

Kate Simko s’est forgé une carrière internationale en tant que productrice de musique électronique, compositrice pour film, artiste de scène, et DJ. Originaire de Chicago, la musique de Kate reflète les influences des sons souterrains de la cité, ainsi que son passé en piano classique et musique de film.

Kate est diplômée du Royal College of Music de Londres depuis 2014 avec un Master en Composition pour écran et a reçu son Bachelier en Music Technology du Northwestern University. Pendant ses études à Northwestern, Kate a travaillé en tant que DJ sur WNUR et a supervisé le format de musique électronique à la station et a composé la musique pour son premier film.

A sa remise de diplôme, Kate a déménagé à Los Angeles où elle a travaillé avec Stephen Flick, le créateur de son récompensé d’un Oscar, acquérant de l’expérience dans de longs-métrages. Elle a sorti plusieurs albums et bandes-sons, atteignant le Top 100 du Billboard Classical Chart, ainsi que le Top 10 des classements de musique house dans le monde. Sa musique a été conçue pour ABC Television, Victorinox et Giorgio Armani, et elle a écrit la musique originale pour des films, des publicités, des applications iPhone, et des émissions sur la BBC, Netflix et PBS.

Kate a lancé son propre ensemble London Electronic Orchestra en 2014. Le noyau de l’ensemble LEO, avec de la harpe, des cordes et Kate au piano, a été joué dans des salles prestigieuses et des festivals internationaux, et a sorti le premier album Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra sur le label The Vinyl Factory en 2016. Leo a fait son plus grand spectacle jusqu’à present pour terminer 2018, vendant toutes les places au Barbican Centre à Londres avec Jamie Jones. Leur nouvelle collaboration “Opus 1” a présenté une London Electronic Orchestra de 28 instruments, avec 90 minutes de musique arrangée pour orchestre par Kate.

Le projet récent de Kate est une composition long-métrage pour 137 Films, dont le documentaire PBS “The Atom Smashers” contenant aussi la bande-son de Kate. Le film “We Believe in Dinosaurs” est représenté par CAA qui prévoit de sortir la bande-son sur le label de Kate, London Electronic Recordings.


Video Vidéo Verity - opening scene

Video Vidéo 20 Weeks - movie trailer

Video Vidéo The Atom Smashers

Video Vidéo Greta's Lament

Video Vidéo Brazil - dream sequence re-scored

Video Vidéo Bananaland