Rob Grieve was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on June 29th, 1989. His father, having been a professional musician for 15 years of his life, was his first contact with music. From an early age Rob was immersed in the music of everything from the Beatles to Chet Baker to Gustav Holst, and by the time he could talk he could name and identify the timbres of all of the instruments of the orchestra. The young Rob Grieve began taking piano lessons when he was five, his first real instrument, though he had been experimenting with other instruments earlier in life. In 1998, when he was eight, Grieve’s family moved to Edmonton, Alberta where he continued his piano studies with the classical pianist Dr. Boris Konovalov and gained a far greater appreciation for music, however, when Rob discovered the guitar there was no turning him back.
For the first few years of his guitar playing he taught himself how to play by listening to records of his favorite rock guitarists and joined his junior high stage band. When Grieve entered high school he began taking guitar lessons from Jamie Philp at Grant MacEwan College and joined his high school big band and later the Little Birds Big Band under the direction of Joel “Spanky” Gray. It was during this time that Rob really began to love jazz and graduated from his high school earning the Larry Schrum Jazz Musician of the Year Award and going on to study with Jim Head at Grant MacEwan College, from where he graduated in 2009.
Over the years Grieve has also been involved in numerous rock and pop bands with varying levels of success. Grieve is currently attending the University of Toronto and studying with guitarists David Occhipinti and Geoff Young.