Biography

Photo by Daniel Routh.

Photo by Daniel Routh.

Robert Trusko, a Philadelphia native, currently resides in Dallas, TX and recently received his Master’s degree at University of North Texas in Music Composition. As a composer, bassist, and producer, Robert’s main focus is creating music that is both artful and accessible.

Recently Robert organized the Before I Die... Music Project, which involved building one of Candy Chang's Before I Die... walls in Denton, Texas and creating a work of music based on responses to the wall. The work, as well as music by Jim Doyle and The Funky Knuckles, was performed during a concert and live recording session at The Panhandle House Warehouse Room. 

In addition to original music, Robert plays electric bass, ukulele, and double bass in a wide variety of genres including Jazz Fusion, Gospel, Hip-hop,  R&B, Classical, and South Indian classical music. He also has completed successful work as a songwriter, engineer, arranger, and producer.

Through his musicianship, Robert has been able to perform across Northeast America in New York City, Hartford, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlantic City, Austin, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, and internationally in the Czech Republic. Robert has been privileged to collaborate and perform with Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Sugar Hill Records, Lauryn Hill), Black Ice (Def Poetry Jam), Danny Gotlieb (Pat Metheny), Eric McFadden (Parliament Funkadelic), as well as open for Jaguar Wright (Jay-Z, The Roots). Robert has also completed successful work as a film composer, songwriter, engineer, arranger, and producer.

Robert has studied with Dr. William Coble, Dr. Kirsten Broberg, Poovalur Sriji,  Dr. Robert Maggio, Peter Paulsen, Brian Casey, Dr. Panayiotis Kokoras, Jeff Bradetich master classes, Dr. Larry Nelson, Dr. Van Stiefel, Dr. David Cutler, Mika Howard, Sean Jones, Mike Tomaro, Dr. Eli Tomar, and Dr. Patrick Burke. Robert has also taken guest lessons with Michael League (Snarky Puppy) and Brian Lock.