Born and raised in New York, Robert Burger is a Portland based composer and music producer. While studying at the University of Massachusetts he cofounded the ensemble Tin Hat Trio, a chamber music collective beloved of critics and audiences alike. His early career featured multiple collaborations with Bill Frisell, John Zorn, and Laurie Anderson. As a multi-instrumentalist and arranger he has recorded and performed with hundreds of artists including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Sting, Rufus Wainwright, Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, Calexico, Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, Beth Orton, and Iron & Wine. Burger’s acclaim as a recording artist launched the film and TV scoring facet of his career. He has composed for numerous movies including Trouble (2018), Bully, Nebraska, 360, Diminished Capacity, has scored commercials for clients such as Toyota and Mercedes-Benz, and has permanent installations at the Museum of the City of New York.
“An astonishing musician with a profound compositional sense of how to do just the right thing at the right time.”– John Zorn