Rolando Gori, composer for film, television, web and live performance

Rolando Gori


Rolando's scoring achieves that rare trifecta of balance form and energy. He is as skilled with smaller moments as he is with big, bold action, and never fails to create a unique, unexpected and vibrant soundscape.

Brian O'Neill Screenwriter

Rolando's unique skills in music composition elevated the project to another level which I did not think was possible.

Roy T. Anderson Producer

He got the humor, the pace, the tone and added his own spin on the music to help me tell my story. I think one of the main reasons this film is so well received is due to the musical composition of Rolando Gori.

Victor Verhaeghe Director

Not only does Rolando deliver a polished piece of music with the nuances I’ve requested, but he contributes his ideas to the entire project. He consistently delivers the highest level of musicianship.

Monica Hoyt Director

Rolando's music is delightful and deeply, knowingly integrated into the pieces. He is the kind of collaborator who doesn't waste time telling you what he can't do. He shows you what he CAN do. And it's always spot on and perfect.

Michael K. White & Dianna Stark Writers

New York City-based composer, pianist and producer Rolando Gori was born in Rome and raised in Canada. He has been writing music professionally for over 20 years. Rolando began by writing incidental music for theater in his 20s, as well as music for dance troupes, chamber ensembles, and songs for guitar and voice he would often sing at pub gigs while living in London.

In his teens, Rolando enrolled at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) where he studied under renowned pianist Earle Moss. At Concordia University (Montreal) he studied composition with Alan Crossman, and continued piano with Linda Friedland.

Rolando received his BFA in Composition & Theory with honors from Concordia. His music has been heard in feature films, documentaries and narrative shorts, as well as in live performances by chamber ensembles, theater companies and dance troupes throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Alongside his wife, Heidi Siegell, he runs MUSA212, producing independent musicians at their project studio in Hell's Kitchen.

Musical influences

Some of Rolando's greatest musical influences (in no particular order): Beethoven, Chopin, Tom Waits, Radiohead, Stravinsky, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gabriella Ferri (and other Italian singer-singwriters of the 60s and 70s century), Schubert, Lalo Schifrin, Bernard Herrmann, Britten, Bach, Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Mahler, Grieg, Bernstein, Bartok, John Williams, Cat Stevens, Arvo Pärt, Puccini, The Police, Kurt Weill …