A native of Dallas, Robert Klieger is the principal percussionist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and The Santa Fe Opera. He has performed as soloist with the Milwaukee and New World symphonies and previously was a member of the West Virginia, Canton, and New World symphonies. He has also performed in the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as the Chicago, National, Detroit, San Diego, Kansas City, and Hawaii symphony orchestras.
Robert holds a bachelor of music degree from Southern Methodist University, where he studied with Douglas Howard and Kalman Cherry, and completed post-graduate work at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Richard Weiner and Paul Yancich. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Verbier Festival, and the Center for World Music Workshop and Festival in Bali.
In addition to performing, Robert enjoys hiking, traveling, and discovering local cuisine.