Rob Costlow is a contemporary pianist from the United States. He has been playing piano all his life starting with lessons at age 5. He currently has three solo albums as well as one remix EP and one remix album collaboration with allMeadow. His work can be described as vivid and emotional melodic piano pieces. His Web site describes his sound as passionate and raw. Even though Costlow’s music is often placed with certain genres, his style is neither new age, classical or jazz. Costlow simply delivers independent, sincere and contemporary music to which listeners can easily relate.
By the time he was twelve, Rob Costlow was trying his piano instructor’s patience by adding his own endings to songs during lessons and recitals. “I literally despised taking lessons and especially practicing other people’s music. It just wasn’t for me. I had so many notes running through my head, I wanted to create my own music,” admits Rob. This soon brought an end to the lessons that began at age five. Rob realized that his musical future was going to take a different path than the one set by his teachers.
Rob is a true Hoosier born and raised in Indiana. Growing up in a large family helped Rob become focused and tenacious. As the youngest of six boys, Rob got used to seizing every opportunity. In fact, it was one of Rob’s brothers that introduced him to contemporary piano music. “It was so different than the music I studied in lessons,” says Costlow. “It helped give me the courage to try my own hand at composition. I said to myself ‘I can do this!’ It was an immediate outlet to express myself and also provide a sense of calm when times were stressful.