Rob Shirakbari is the music director for pop/soul icon, Dionne Warwick, and for years Rob was the keyboardist, arranger and music director for legendary composer, Burt Bacharach. He is also producer, co-writer and music director for million-selling UK artist, Rumer.
Rob is a musical Renaissance Man. A true jack-of-all-trades and master of many, indeed, he is at equal ease playing Debussy on the piano or rocking a B-3 organ, orchestrating and conducting for a symphony orchestra or thrashing a Les Paul through a Marshall, programming a drum beat or grooving on an electric bass. His many years under the direct guidance and influence of Bacharach and Warwick (since early adulthood) guides his aesthetic for great melody, arrangement and phrasing, no matter the genre.
Behind the glass, Rob can guide an artist with the wisdom of a seasoned producer or roll up his sleeves and engineer the session alongside the best technicians. He has produced and recorded with a wide range of artists and projects. As a composer and songwriter, his works have been featured in records, feature film and TV ads.
In 2000, Rob served as one of three Musical Directors for the 72nd Academy Awards (along with Don Was and Burt Bacharach). Rob wrote the arrangements and conducted the pit orchestra for the four-hour awards show. As well, Rob played keyboards in the on-camera band that featured Ray Charles, Garth Brooks, Queen Latifah, Faith Hill, Dionne Warwick and Isaac Hayes in a tribute to Oscar-winning songs.
Rob has recorded and performed with such legendary artists as Duffy, Rumer, Adele, Elvis Costello, Leann Rimes, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Whitney Houston, Chrissie Hynde, Ray Charles, Faith Hill, Sir Cliff Richard, Wynonna, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, Alexandra Burke, Chris Botti, Rufus Wainwright, Joe McElderry, Garth Brooks, Jamie Cullum, Michael Bublé, Peabo Bryson, ‘N Sync, Clay Aiken, Rubben Studdard, Kristy Lee Cook, Boy George, Caro Emerald, Ivan Lins, Gladys Knight, Frank Sinatra, Queen Latifah, David Foster, Gloria Estefan, Barry Manilow, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Folds, Olivia Newton-John, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Jeffrey Osborne, David Sanborn, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, George Duke, Ronald Isley and a host of others.