Xander Rodzinski is a composer for film and television. His most recent work includes the western Dead for a Dollar, directed by the famed director Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs. The Long Riders). Starring Christoph Waltz and Willem Dafoe, the feature is premiering at the Venice Film Festival.
Xander is currently collaborating with James Newton Howard on the Lucasfilm TV Series for Disney+ Willow, which is a sequel to the classic Ron Howard film from 1988 (Xander will be the composer for episodes 4 through 8). Other recent collaborations with James Newton Howard include writing additional music on the Lawrence Kasdan-directed and Ron Howard-produced docuseries Light & Magic, which illustrates the history of famed George Lucas’ visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic. You can also hear Xander’s music in the film DC League of Super Pets, where he wrote additional music for Steve Jablonsky.
Xander’s work on the National Geographic documentary The Last Ice, with co-composers Sven Faulconer and Tyler Durham, earned him a Critics’ Choice Award Nomination for best Documentary Score. He has also produced several of James Newton Howard’s scores such as the Oscar-nominated score to News of the World, as well as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Raya and the Last Dragon, and Jungle Cruise. He has written additional music on several projects including Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, and the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events. Xander has also scored commercials for many top brands such as Nike, Google, IBM, Lenovo, Polaroid, Bloomberg, GE, Motorola, Skillshare, Benefit Cosmetics, Away, and the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Xander graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Music Composition.