ABOUT ROB MOOSE

In the last decade, Rob Moose has emerged as one of the most sought after instrumentalists and arrangers of his generation.  As violinist and guitarist, Moose has toured with Antony & the Johnsons, Sufjan Stevens, Glen Hansard, Blake Mills, and Beth Orton.  In 2011, he joined Bon Iver, writing arrangements and recording strings for the group’s sophomore album. Highlights of that experience include four sold-out concerts at Radio City Music Hall, an appearance on Saturday Night Live, a Gold record, and two Grammy wins for “Best New Artist” and “Best Alternative Album.” 2016’s follow-up, “22, A Million,” also featured Moose’s strings on the opening track, as well as saxophone arrangements throughout.

Portraits of Rob Moose, originally shot for the New York Times Style section. Photo by Stephanie Diani

Photo by Stephanie Diani

As a violinist and violist, Moose is an active recording artist, having played on nearly 300 albums by artists ranging from Alabama Shakes to John Legend to Joshua Bell, as well as appearances on Grammy Award-winning albums by The Arcade Fire and Loudon Wainwright III.  Equally in demand as an arranger, his work has been performed or recorded by The National, St. Vincent, Jim James, tUnE-yArDs, Interpol, LeAnn Rimes, The Decemberists, Laura Marling, They Might Be Giants, Trey Anastasio, and Punch Brothers.  Moose has also contributed to three Red Hot benefit albums, most recently interpreting Bach piano works as a duo with Chris Thile.

In collaboration with Sufjan Stevens, Moose made his debut as conductor and orchestrator at the Kennedy Center Opera House in 2007.  He has continued in this capacity with Antony & the Johnsons, on the album, Cut the World, and in venues such as Disney Hall and The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.  Occasionally active as a co-producer, Moose’s roster includes Ben Folds‘ “So There,” Gabriel Kahane‘s “The Ambassador,” Time For Three‘s eponymous debut, and My Brightest Diamond‘s “All Things Will Unwind.”

In 2008, Moose co-founded yMusic, a sextet that has played at Carnegie Hall, won Time Out NY’s classical album of 2011, and been hailed by Performance Today’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music.”  In 2017, the group released its third album, First, written entirely by Son Lux’s Ryan Lott and produced by Thomas Bartlett. Equally committed  to accompanying singers and bands, yMusic recently completed an extended tour with Ben Folds in support of their collaborative album, “So There.” Highlights of yMusic’s current season include the premieres of commissioned works by Caroline Shaw and Chris Thile, collaborative concerts with Paul Simon (Eaux Claires) and Anohni (Elbphilharmonie), and a recording of “God Only Knows” with John Legend for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.