A Southern California native, Roger Suen studied music composition at the undergraduate and graduate levels at UCLA and CSUN. He is now a prolific film composer, residing in Los Angeles.
Roger’s work exemplifies both breadth and depth. Through a mastery of orchestral composition and modern electronica, his music creates the heart-pounding scores of such action films as the X-Men Franchise, the Maze Runner Franchise, and Netflix’s Daredevil & Defenders, while also excelling at a diverse array of genres.
His versatility is apparent in the 2017 Sony Animated film The Star, the 2015 comedies The Nice Guys (starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling) and The Ridiculous 6 (with Adam Sandler and Luke Wilson). Suen’s compositions seamlessly navigate groovy funk to Wagnerian orchestral drama without missing a beat.
Perhaps Suen’s most personal project is his score to the 2017 Sundance award-winning film, Gook. A powerful drama, which explores race relations during the 1992 LA Riots, demonstrates an intimately atypical ensemble of solo instruments, embodying the sensitivity with which Roger tackles social and cultural issues in his work. The score was included in Film Music Magazine’s list of top ten scores of 2017.
When he is not composing, Roger can be found surfing in front of his Manhattan Beach studio or climbing the granite cliffs of the Sierras. His free-climbing resume includes the West Face of El Capitan, the Regular Northwest Route of Half Dome, and the Yosemite test pieces: The Rostrum and Astroman.