Film composer Robert Levin speaks many musical languages. He has traveled, worked and studied in numerous countries and has become fluent in Western and non-Western genres. Robert is experienced in weaving diverse musical strands into an expressively cohesive style.
Robert's composing credits include scoring the feature film Inside, directed by Arthur Penn, as well as many documentaries, short films and works for television. Robert wrote a West African drumming, singing and dancing number for the Broadway show Amazing Grace. He has composed new music commissions which have been performed throughout the USA and Europe. He has also arranged and produced albums for Jazz and Latin singers and for his own groups.
In October 2020, Robert’s organ piece Queen Anne was placed twice in episode 4 of Helstrom, a new Disney/Hulu TV series based on a Marvel Comics character, streaming on Hulu. In Fall 2019, Robert scored the thrilling time-lapse film Move II, directed by Aaron Keigher.
Robert performs on keyboards, percussion and West African drums, and has played for film soundtracks, TV programs, album projects, and live tours in the USA and abroad. These days - and since the show opened in 1997 - he performs regularly on Broadway in The Lion King. He also plays in the Broadway production of Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations. Robert’s other Broadway credits include playing for Hair, Hairspray, Hott Feett, Drowsy Chaperone, and Fosse.
Robert earned his Masters in classical composition at Yale University where he studied composition with Martin Bresnick, Lukas Foss, Tanya León, Marlos Nobre and Joan Panetti and orchestration with Jacob Druckman. Robert received his B.A. in ethnomusicology, composition and performance at Wesleyan University where he studied composition with Bill Barron, West African music with Abraham Adzenyah and Freeman Donkor and South Indian music with T. Ranganathan. Robert studied film scoring, piano and classical music with Ed Green, professor at Manhattan School of Music.
Robert has spent much time in Ghana, West Africa, studying drumming, singing and dancing. With his teacher Godwin Agbeli, Levin also founded a public elementary and junior high school in a farming village in southeastern Ghana in 1988, and has been building and supporting it ever since (visit www.kgsf.org).