Robert played by ear at an early age, studying classical piano and soaking up rock, soul, and R&B from the radio and local bands. In college, he majored in piano, played lots of chamber music and accompanied vocalists. He pursued graduate work in LA, studying with Brooks Smith (Heifitz's accompanist) and Gwendolyn Koldofsky (Marilyn Horne's accompanist). Somewhat burned out on classical music, he then took a break began a career as a computer software engineer, which paid the bills for many years since.
The music break didn't last long - he got hooked on jazz, and began singing, playing keyboards, and arranging for a Manhattan Transfer-style vocal group called the Skatzenjammers.
This led him to Berklee College of Music, where he concentrated on performance, film scoring and commercial arranging, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1994.
He now lives in Santa Barbara, CA, where he continues to play all kinds of music, including a new adventure on upright bass in various bluegrass, country, and Americana bands.
Robert joined Taxi a few years ago and plans on cranking out more tracks now that he's got more time.