Robert Rospide a.k.a Robert Rodriguez is an American Composer, Musician and Actor. The son of Cuban-Jazz drummer Roberto Rodriguez, Robert was born January 11, 1978 in New York City and grew up in the Magic city of Miami. He began studying music at an early age and by age 12 he was performing classical recitals on piano. By the time he was in highschool he was working and recording professionally in the Miami area and at seventeen he was awarded the honor of being selected to The National Grammy High school band. He then continued his studies of piano, percussion at the New World School of the Arts and later studied music and acting at University of Miami.
Rospide began to tour the world at the age of 22 as an instrumentalist with virtuoso trumpeter Arturo Sandoval which culminated in many recordings including the score to HBO’s “For Love or Country” starring Andy Garcia and an album produced by Quincy Jones, Emilio Estefan “Trumpet Evolution”. Rospide then continued to NYC to perform, record and compose for many legends including percussionist Ray Barretto and drummer Roy Haynes.
Ropside has received commissions and awards from ASCAP, Chamber Music of America and New York Foundation for the Arts and in 2015 He was nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album alongside his brother Mike Rodriguez for their album Impromptu, The Rodriguez Brothers. In 2017 he served on the Faculty at Berklee school of Music and worked in directing ensembles and composition classes alongside Terence Blanchard and his program.
Rospide’s continued passion for music and acting can be seen in the recent Feature Film “Imprisoned” for which he acted in and also composed, conducted and performed the score. The Film directed and written by Paul Kampf stars Laurence Fishburne, Edward James Almos, Esai Morales, Jon Heard, Juan Pablo Raba, and Juana Acosta. Filmed in Puerto Rico and centering on the themes of love, redemption, revenge and forgiveness, the film gave Rospide a wide range to score and create.