Robert Een (born 1952) is an American composer, cellist, and vocalist. Known for his use of extended vocal and cello techniques, Een has recorded eight albums of his compositions, as well as composing scores for seven films. His music for dance and theater can be heard in the repertories of Liz Lerman, David Dorfman, Jennifer Muller, and Yin Mei among others. He has received Bessie Awards for music composition in 1998 and for sustained achievement in 2000. He won an Obie Award in 2004 for his score for Hiroshima Maiden.
Een has performed his music on concert stages and in unusual venues throughout the world, including the Buddhist caves of Ellora, India; the Shinto shrine in Tsurugi, Japan; a theater above the Arctic circle in Norway; the Pushkin Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Fringe Club in Hong Kong; as well as such New York venues as Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum and the Knitting Factory. THE TUCSON CITIZEN wrote, ?Original and inviting. Een is a conjuring compositional alchemist;? and in THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, ?What Hendrix did for the guitar, freeing it from its previous role and expectations, Robert Een does for the cello.?