Robert Carli

Robert Carli (born February 10, 1970) is a Canadian film and television composer and saxophonist. He is the composer of 11 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries (CBC),[1] which airs in 120 countries[2] and airs in the U.S. as The Artful Detective on the Ovation Network.[3]

Robert Carli
Born (1970-02-10) February 10, 1970
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OriginKitchener, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s)Composer, Arranger, Producer, Performer
Years active1990-present


Carli studied composition and saxophone performance at the University of Toronto, where his principal teachers were Gustav Ciamaga and Walter Buczynski and has since become a member of their faculty.[4] Carli also studied saxophone with David Tanner and Pat LaBarbera.

He has won five Gemini Awards (Canada), three Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Original Music Score for a TV program in 2017 for Murdoch Mysteries – A Merry Murdoch Christmas[5] and four SOCAN Awards.

Other scoring projects include Wynonna Earp (Syfy)[6] and the 2017 mini-series Tokyo Trial (Netflix).[7]

Carli has been a long-time collaborator with Canadian musician Danny Michel, frequently appearing as a member of his band and performing on his recordings. In 2017. he co-produced and orchestrated Michel’s Khlebnikov album,[8] for which they shared the 2017 Canadian Music Folk Award for Producer of the Year.[9]

A saxophonist, keyboardist, and arranger, Carli has arranged for or performed with such artists as Barenaked Ladies,[10] the Art of Time Ensemble[11] Madeleine Peyroux,[12] the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and The National Ballet of Canada.[13]


  1. "CBC video, Making Murdoch: The Music of Murdoch". 2014-03-18. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  2. Doyle, John (2016-01-08). "Murdoch Mysteries puzzles American critics". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  3. "The Artful Detective". Ovation TV. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  4. "University of Toronto - Faculty of Music - Our People". University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  5. "Gala Honouring Excellence in Creative Fiction". Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. 2017-01-04. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  6. "Screen Composers Guild of Canada interview with SGGC member Rob Carli on his collaboration for the CSA-nominated score "Wynonna Earp: House of Memories."". 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  7. "Entertainment One Secures Worldwide Distribution Rights To WWII Mini-Series, Tokyo Trial". 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  8. Rayner, Ben (2017-02-23). "Danny Michel shows off new album written on Russian icebreaker in the Arctic". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  9. Saxberg, Lynn (2017-11-18). "Canadian Folk Music Awards: Danny Michel leads winners on first night". The Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  10. "Rob Carli | credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  11. "Robert Carli". Art of Time Ensemble. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  12. Danilo Navas (2013-06-09). "Art of Time Ensemble: Songbook 7 with Madeleine Peyroux". Latin Jazz Network. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  13. "Elite Syncopations & Song of a Wayfarer & Chroma". National Ballet of Canada. 2012. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
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