The French film comoposer, conductor, and pianist, Philippe Rombi, studied at the Conservatoire National de Région of Marseille, piano with Pierre Barbizet and conducting with Pol Mule, and obtained First Prize of conducting,
Golden Medal in piano and in chamber music, as well as Grand Prix of the City of Marseille. After discovering the compositions of John Williams for Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Philippe Rombi decided to complete his studies and to specialize in soundtrack writing. He studied at
the Ecole Supérieure de Musique of Paris, in the class of Antoine Duhamel, and obtained in two years a Diplôme Superieur de Composition.
The first works of Philippe Rombi for the movies were for short films of the pupils of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l'Image et du Son (Fémis), in particular Isabelle Broue. The producer Olivier Delbosc arranged his meeting with François Ozon, for whom he composed his first movie Les Amants Criminels (1999). Then followed Sous le Sable (2000), Swimming Pool (2003), 5x2 (2004), Angel (2007) and Ricky (2009).
Philippe Rombi then wrote, among others, the musics for Oui, Mais... by Yves Lavandier (2001) and two Christian Carion's movies: Une Hirondelle a fait le Printemps (2001); then his first success with the public Joyeux Noël, aka Merry Christmas (2005), for which he composed Ave Maria sung by Natalie Dessay and was nominated for Césars 2006. During the screening of this movie at Cannes Film Festival, he met Dany Boon, for whom he composed the music for La Maison du Bonheur (2006) then the great succes Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (2008). This score was nominated for best original score for a comedy film at the 5th International Film Music Critics Association (IFCMA) Awards for Excellence in 2008.
Besides composing and arranging, Philippe Rombi conducts himself the orchestra during the recordings and performs regularly parts of solo piano. And so he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road's studio for Merry Christmas. In November 2007, he was a member of the jury at the 8th International Music & Cinema Festival.