Born and raised in New York, Robert Burger is a composer and musician currently based in Portland, Oregon. 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 collaborated with hundreds of artists including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed, Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, 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, Bully, Nebraska, 360, Diminished Capacity, has scored for clients such as The Guggenheim, Wall Street Journal, PBS, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, and has work permanently featured 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