A classically trained violinist, conductor, composer, producer and GRAMMY Award-winning artist, Arnie Roth performs across a wide array of musical genres. Mr. Roth has performed with a host of artists, including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, The Three Tenors, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, Josh Groban, Patrick Stewart, Branford Marsalis, Peter Cetera, and Andrea Bocelli. He is also a long-time member of the GRAMMY award-winning group Mannheim Steamroller. Orchestras that Mr. Roth has conducted include the London Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Joffrey Ballet, Ravinia Festival, Tokyo Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony, the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, and the Sydney Symphony. Arnie Roth brought critical acclaim to the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra as music director and principal conductor showcasing artists including Michael Feinstein, Linda Eder, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Wynonna Judd, Judy Collins, the Beach Boys and Johnny Mathis. Under his direction the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra appeared in a nationally broadcast PBS Special featuring The Irish Tenors.
Mr. Roth was the music director and conductor of the national concert tour “Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY.” In 2006 Mr. Roth conducted the new “VOICES: music from FINAL FANTASY” concert in Tokyo with the Tokyo Philharmonic. He then became the principal conductor and music director of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony featuring music from blockbuster video games such as FINAL FANTASY®, World of Warcraft®, Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind™, Halo and Battlefield 1942™. As both producer and music director, Arnie Roth premiered “Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY” in December 2007 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in Sweden. The release of “Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY” recorded by Roth and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic coincided with the start of the “Distant Worlds“ 2008 world-tour. Distant Worlds continues to thrill audiences around the world with upcoming performances in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and has had additional successful releases with “Distant Worlds II: more music from FINAL FANTASY” CD and the live performance DVD “Distant Worlds; music from FINAL FANTASY - Returning Home” and “Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY – The Celebration.” Distant Worlds; music from FINAL FANTASY is now in its seventh year touring the world, and continues to set box office records around the world. The 2014 performance at Royal Albert Hall (London) sold out in just 2 hours. Arnie and AWR Music Productions continue their highly successful relationship with SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
As music director, conductor and arranger, Mr. Roth was involved in a number of PBS specials including: Charlotte Church: Enchantment - From Cardiff, Wales for Sony, The Irish Tenors: Heritage, the WTTW Soundstage shows featuring: Jewel, Peter Cetera and Symphony, An Evening with Dennis DeYoung, Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman, Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers, and WTTW’s Four Seasons in Chicago. In 2006 he was the music director and conductor for a ten part television series for RTE featuring the Irish Tenors. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show many times, conducting Il Divo, and appeared on the Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, and many more international television and radio broadcasts.
Mr. Roth’s talents extend into the area of film production and composition as well. He was commissioned by Gerald Arpino, founder and a choreographer of the Joffrey Ballet, to write an original composition for a new Arpino ballet premiered in Chicago that he conducted. He produced and conducted music for the Robert Altman film The Company, and was the producer, composer, conductor and arranger for the CGI animated films from Mattel Entertainment: Barbie™ in The Nutcracker, Barbie™ as Rapunzel, Barbie™ of Swan Lake, Barbie™ in The Princess and the Pauper Movie, Barbie™ in The Magic of Pegasus, Barbie™ Sings! Princess Movie Collection CD, Barbie™in the Twelve Dancing Princesses, Island Princess Barbie, Barbie™and the Diamond Castle, and Barbie™in A Christmas Carol. Mr. Roth won the Best Score Award at the 2003 DVD Premier Awards for his score for the film Barbie™ as Rapunzel, and was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for his original song “Shine” from the movie Barbie™ in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. 2007 also marked the premiere of Mr. Roth's first live concert creation with Mattel. Barbie™ at the Symphony is a special film with orchestra presentation of the best-selling Barbie™ Princess movies. This was followed by a second live concert production under license with Mattel, Barbie™ in the Nutcracker.
He has produced and conducted music for many films, and has produced dozens of best-selling CDs, released on American Gramaphone, JVC, Mattel, Warner Bros., Sony, Koch and Razor & Tie.
Sacred: The Irish Tenors with the Czech National Chamber Orchestra (Razor & Tie/BMG), Heritage: The Irish Tenors with the London Symphony Orchestra (Razor & Tie/BMG), We Three Kings: The Irish Tenors with the Czech National Chamber Orchestra (Razor & Tie/BMG), Music of the Joffrey Ballet with the London Symphony Orchestra (Four Winds/Allegro), Trumpet Masterworks with George Vosburgh (Four Winds/Allegro), Trumpeter’s Heritage with George Vosburgh and the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra (Four Winds/Allegro), A Christmas Concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass (Four Winds/Allegro), A Renaissance Holiday with The London Symphony Orchestra (American Gramaphone), The Compleat Four Seasons (Vivaldi) with Patrick Stewart (American Gramaphone), The American Girls Revue (American Girls Productions), Circle of Friends (American Girls Productions), An American Girls Christmas with the London Symphony (American Girls Productions ), "A Song of Christmas" with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Distant Worlds II: More Music from Final Fantasy with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY with the Navarra String Quartet and the New World Players, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony, and Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony II.