Rob Kovacs

Lecturer of Songwriting
B.M., Baldwin Wallace University

Rob Kovacs

Rob KovacsLecturer of Songwriting

B.M., Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music
Rob Kovacs is an award-winning composer, arranger, pianist, singer/songwriter, producer and recording artist. He has composed the music for the virtual reality game, STRAYLIGHT as well music for over ten different short films. He has released three albums of original works.

Kovacs has also released numerous video game music covers as 88bit, focusing on piano rearrangements of classic video game soundtracks. His arrangement of the "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" won the 2022 Game Music Remix award for Best Acoustic Cover. He has been a featured artist for the past three years for the Game Audio Network Guild Awards, performing an original melody of the Music of the Year nominees.

As 88bit, Kovacs has performed video game music across the country and virtually, headlining major gaming conventions including PAX West, GDC Online, MAGFest and VGM Con to name a few. He has collaborated with other artists including Game Chops, Mega Ran, Insaneintherainmusic, The Icarus Kid, 8-bit Music Theory, Save Point and many others. He has performed music by and for legendary video game composers including David Wise (Donkey Kong Country) and Takashi Tateishi (Mega Man 2).

He has been interviewed by Level with Emily Reese,, NPR’s "Sound of Applause" (WCPN Cleveland), NPR’s "Shuffle" (WKSU Kent), NPR’s ReSpawn Podcast and others. He is internationally recognized as the first person to perform a solo version of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase by playing both piano parts on two pianos simultaneously.