Robert Cowie is a NYC-based composer and pianist. He has composed music for short films: (Holle Singer’s "The Present" and “Bang,” Michael Martinez’s “Courage”, and Andrew Harrison’s “No Imagination”), theatre productions: (Brett C. Leonard’s “Harold’s Harem” and Nidia Medina’s “Every Love Story Ends in Tears”), TV shows: (Billy Bones’ “Pirate School”), and the Internet (YouTube’s Official Comedy and Rebel Earth Films). He has a BA in music from Cornell University and has studied composition for Film and TV with Michael Bacon, Ben Newhouse, and Pinar Toprak.


In addition to his work as a composer, Robert performs regularly around NYC and internationally. From 2007-2009 he was Musical Director at the infamous Lower East Side hot spot, The Box, where he composed, arranged, and performed music for every type of act imaginable (and few he couldn’t even begin to imagine) in its nightly neo-vaudvillian show “Pandora”. His trio was in residence 5 nights a week for the opening year of The Standard Hotel’s Boom Boom Room. He is currently Musical Director for downtown chanteuse Lady Rizo performing with her at Joe’s Pub, The Darby, and around the world. He has performed with and for some of music and Hollywood’s best and brightest.


Robert has played in big bands (The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra), gospel choirs (Pamoja-ni), jazz trios, and rock bands. He has worked in hotels (Park Hyatt Tokyo’s NY Bar), on cruise ships (The Carnival Victory) and underground (The Boston T). He also plays accordion, B3 organ, guitar, bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele. He sings. He has studied jazz piano with Kenny Werner and classical piano with Sophia Rosoff.