Philadelphia-born, New York-bred, Los Angeles-based, Robert ToTeras is one of the most versatile composers working in television and feature films. Forbes Magazine cites ToTeras’ “diverse portfolio” as one of the reason “he stands out” amongst his peers. Robert is equally comfortable scoring a high-end docuseries or scripted dramas.
Upcoming scores by Robert include the PBS documentary The Niagara Movement - The Early Battle for Civil Rights directed by Academy Award Nominee Lawrence Hott, and the STARZ docu-series Let Us Prey. Both projects will be released in 2023.
Recently Robert wrote the music for award-winning director Daniel Adams’ feature film The Walk, starring Academy Award nominated actor Terrence Howard, Malcolm McDowell and Justin Chatwin.
Since 2013, Robert has scored Oxygen’s hit show Cold Justice produced by legendary Emmy-winning producer Dick Wolf. Cold Justice recently aired its 100th episode.
One aspect setting ToTeras’ score for Wolf’s Cold Justice apart from all other true crime shows is the instrumentation. ToTeras’ unique exploration of guitar textures sonically propels the story forward. The score (referred to as “Suspense Twang” by ToTeras) has been cited by show producer Scott Patch as one of the factors that makes you “lean in” to the show. In a series of promotional videos produced by Oxygen about ‘Cold Justice’, lead editor Nikki West says that Robert’s music brings “an authenticity” and “a sense of wonder” to the show.
Robert has also had the privilege of scoring multiple shows for Netflix including the nominated series Sugar Rush (for which Robert won a 2020 BMI Award) and its spin-offs Sugar Rush: Christmas & Sugar High.
Other projects have included TV shows for NBC, CBS, TNT, Bravo and TeenNick, documentaries for Showtime and a series of viral promos for the hit HBO show Girls. Robert’s music for the girls promos was called “addictive” by E-Online and “Catchy as Hell” by Jezebel. “Robert ToTeras' ra-ra anthem "Break Out the Boom-Boom”… I want to play every time I walk into a room” wrote Sam Lansky in Cosmopolitan.
In a previous life outside of Hollywood and music, Robert ToTeras spent three years as a professional blackjack gambler, and member of a card-counting team in Las Vegas. He has been politely escorted (by well-dressed security teams with earpieces) out of numerous and well-known gaming establishments. The story of his team’s exploits was chronicled in Josh Axelrad’s acclaimed Penguin Press biography ‘Repeat Until Rich.’