Born in England, Robert immigrated at an early age to New Zealand where he completed his schooling in Auckland. His first professional orchestral work as a bassoon player was at the premiere concert of the newly formed Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Robert then undertook tertiary study at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. While in Melbourne he played frequently with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Philharmonic and various freelance groups before accepting a position in the Victorian Wind Quintet.
In 1987 he moved to Perth, Western Australia, where he worked as Associate Principal Bassoon with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra until 2000 when he returned with his family to live in Napier. After several years freelancing with all of the New Zealand orchestras, Robert was appointed as Associate Principal Bassoon in the NZSO in 2007 and Section Principal in 2011.
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