Born in Los Angeles and raised in Santa Monica, Robert William Barner is a talented composer of commercial and orchestral music currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. His music has been placed in TV shows such as "Keeping up with the Kardashians", MTV's "Ghosted", "Vice News Tonight", "Kirby Jenner" and "Challenge".
Robert also composes for Film and Media Projects. In 2008 he completed underscore tracks for a project entitled "Underground Bounty Hunter,” a media hybrid which combined the gritty action film genre with online gaming and social networking. This multi-media venture was written, produced and directed by Daral Quarls screenwriter of Big Mama’s House, Black Knight (starring Martin Lawrence) and Soldier Boyz. Rob’s recent film scoring credits include a number of intriguing short films including “Threshold,” Directed by Rouzbeh Rakhsha. This international art house gem received its second premier at the Cannes Short Film Festival in 2012.
Rob began studying classical piano at the age of six. He also performed in a children's theatre ensemble in Hollywood and was placed on a number of kids television shows and projects including episodes of "Kids Are People Too". Though he enjoyed acting, it was clear that music was his true passion. In his formative years, Rob was accepted into the citywide honor orchestra as a clarinetist and later performed jazz guitar with the Loyala Marrymount Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Buddy Collette. He studied Jazz Composition and Guitar Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston under the department chair. Later, he went on to complete his studies in classical composition, ethnomusicology, electronic music and theory at UC Berkeley.
Robert also teaches at various music schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and to a select group of private students.