As the most prolific producer of film music in the world, Robert Townson has been averaging one new album release a week for the last thirty years.
His work focuses not only on the most successful blockbusters of today but has, from the very beginning, made a priority of restoring and releasing the priceless musical treasures of Hollywood’s glorious history. In July of 2010, Townson celebrated the release of his 1000th album, and currently has over 1400 to his credit.
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.
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, Film Music Festival in Krakow, and Hollywood In Vienna. In August of 2011, Townson 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.
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. As 2018 marks the Varèse Sarabande 40th Anniversary, Townson, record producer for the label from 1989, continues his soundtrack and concert production activities to bring great film music, live and recorded, to audiences all over the world.
Robert was presented with the prestigious Ambassador Award at the Krakow Film Music Festival’s 10th Anniversary Gala in May 2017.