Rob Gravelle was born in Ottawa, Canada.
His first instrument was piano, which he studied from the age of three until his early teens. At the age of fifteen, he purchased his first guitar, a Sanox Fender copy, and signed up for private lessons at a local music store.
Rob continued with private music lessons throughout high school, at which time he enrolled at Carleton University so that he could study music full-time. Over the next few years, Rob’s evenings were spent teaching guitar and by playing in bands, where he became a popular draw at many of the local clubs with his guitar wizardry and instantly recognizable stage presence.
Rob graduated from Carleton with a BA in Music in 1995.
An accomplished composer, Rob has released a number of demo recordings, EPs, and full-length CDs over the years with various acts including Sudden Thunder, Dr. Squish and others. In early 2000, Rob joined Ivory Knight, and has since become a major contributor to the band’s songs and sound. Rob has recorded two full-length CDs with Ivory Knight entitled “Up from the Ashes” and “Unconscience”. In November of 2005, the group was listed among the Great Canadian metal bands in Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles #92! In addition to various live and radio appearances, the band is busy writing material for a new CD.
Rob continues to reside in Ottawa. When not playing, composing, or recording music, which is not often, he fills the rest of his time with teaching his ‘Guitar for Fun’ course through the Ottawa Board of Education and writing educational articles for various guitar web sites. He also enjoys working out, playing video games, traveling, and jiu-jitsu.
Rob talks about his experiences as a musician and artist.