Rob Mathes Makes Beautiful Music

Part of the genius behind the genius of rocker “Sting,” Sir Elton John, Rod Stewart, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Eric Clapton, to name just a few, is  Grammy and Emmy-nominated Rob Mathes of Cos Cob, Connecticut. Mathes is an arranger, composer, nationally renowned music producer and even a performer and the greats have come to know what kind of magic he can make for them.

He’s a song writer too and his tunes have been performed by Bonnie Raitt, Oleta Adams, Aaron Neville and the list goes on there too, so you get the kind of pedigree we’re talking about here.

To back up just a bit, Rob is from a whole family of musicians, and once he was introduced to the piano as a young lad growing up in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, there was no looking back.

Rob owes a lot of what he knows and a lot of his success to a man from Westport, Connecticut by the name of John Mehegan, a jazz pianist. Mehegan was so famous that  composer Leonard Bernstein dedicated a piano composition to him. So, that’s the kind of teacher Mathes had in Mehegan when he studied with him at the Julliard School of Music in New York City. But Mathes being around a Mother and Father who were musical brought his own personality to the art.

Mathes says once he was introduced to producer great, Phil Ramone, his career really took off. Ramone introduced him to “Sting” and the rest as they say is history. Mathes says Sting has come to rely on him when he brings in the big orchestras for a record and Mathes is right there directing it.

Mathes, like a little kid still can’t believe he’s working with the Brit. He told me he remembers playing Sting’s tunes on the piano and now to be scoring music with him is really quite extraordinary.

To get to dip into this world just a tad through Mathes was great fun. Though he’s “movin and groovin” in a world most of us will never know, he’s a down-to-earth father of three at the end of the day, who just loves the heck out of his family. Enjoy the videos below.

4 Comments

  1. Helen
    Posted December 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Great story – great music! Thanks Ann!

  2. Devin Sorensen
    Posted December 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Rob Mathes came to my school, Utah Valley University, in Orem, Utah. For two days he played, sang, and taught us life lessons through his personal life. He wasn’t paid, but he came, I believe, because he has such incredibe talent and love that needs to be shared. Incredible doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of Rob Mathes. I still get goose-bumps when I hear him sing “William the Angel.”

    • Ann Nyberg
      Posted December 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

      Devin, thank you so much for sharing that story here, he is a very giving guy.

    • Ann Nyberg
      Posted January 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      Devin, you can see all the magic swimming around in his head as he plays and writes music, and really is something to see there is so much talent there.