Born in Wrexham North Wales, Robert is Artistic Director and co-founder of NEW Sinfonia, Principal Conductor to the Orchestra of Square Chapel and Musical Director of Cantorion Rhos Choir. For the summer, he has been appointed Assistant Conductor to the exciting and innovative contemporary group ‘Size Zero Opera’, who will be performing at the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival, as well as Assistant Conductor to Co Opera Company in London. In September, Robert has been invited to participate at the ‘International Masterclasses Berlin’, where he will work with Michail Jurowski and the Berlin Sinfonietta. Last year, he was selected to study with Maestro Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic at the 2012 London Master Classes, and in 2011 he was awarded the Orion Young Conductor’s Award, supported by the Richard Carne Trust.
Robert is a passionate leader and works with musicians of all ages in a wide range of music. His commitment and vision for the NEW Sinfonia based in North Wales was acknowledged with the orchestra being invited to collaborate with Nicholas Cleobury and Karl Jenkins at the 2012 North Wales International Music Festival held at St Aspah Cathedral. Furthermore, in August 2010 he was selected as Assistant Conductor to the Britten Pears Orchestra working closely with Kirill Karabits as part of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme.
Robert is in high demand as Guest Conductor and Teacher. In March 2012, he worked with internationally acclaimed pianist Llyr Williams with the Cambrian Philharmonic. He has coached Pro Corda String Orchestra and conducted them at the Cadogan Hall, London in 2010.
As a viola player, Robert has worked for the Orchestra of Opera North, Northern Ballet and Sinfonia Cymru. He holds the MMus and FRSM qualifications, having studied at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music.
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