Role: Guest conductor
Robert studied at Royal Holloway, University of London before winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where his conducting teachers were Peter Stark and Robin O’Neill. At the RCM he prepared the orchestras and acted as assistant to conductors including Lorin Maazel, Bernard Haitink and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Robert has been Musical Director of the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra since 2012. For three years he was also Musical Director of Nonesuch Orchestra conducting an extensive series of outreach concerts for children and appearing at London festivals including the St Jude’s Proms in Hampstead. He is Musical Director of Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra in London and Director of Music for the London Junior region of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain, and works at the RCM Junior Department where he conducts the Sinfonia and is responsible for all conducting classes. At the RCM he teaches on the Masters Programme, delivering a unit entitled ‘The Conductor as Educator’.
This season he makes his debut working for BBC National Orchestra of Wales, returns to work with Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting concerts in the stunning Manoel Theatre, Valletta, and makes his conducting debut at the Royal Albert Hall with Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra as part of the Music for Youth Proms – an event he himself performed at in 2003!
Robert is known for his clarity of technique and good rapport with musicians, and devises exciting programmes that are enjoyable and challenging for players and audiences. We are delighted to welcome him to Finchley for our March concert.