Robbie Belgrade is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, music educator and narrator. He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After initial studies on piano, trumpet and flute, he focused on saxophone and bass clarinet, studying with clarinetist Don O'Brian and saxophonist John Handy. He continued his musical studies at the Ali Akbar College of Music, studying vocal music under Ali Akbar Khan and tabla under Zakir Hussain, Alla Rakha and Swapan Chaudhuri. Other teachers include Vince Delgado (riqq), Marcos Suzano (pandeiro), Panga (Afro-Cuban perc.) and Tom Pierson (piano). He has shared the stage with such diverse musicians as Kenny Burrell and Enrique Iglesias.