Rob was born in Bridgend in 1960. He studied with Oliver Knussen at the Royal College of Music, Magdalen College Oxford under Bernard Rose, and later with Robert Saxton. In 1988 he studied at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome with Franco Donatoni, and at the Tanglewood Summer Music School, where he was the Benjamin Britten Fellow in Composition, working with Oliver Knussen and Hans Werner Henze.
Before joining King’s College, London in 1993, where he is currently Senior Lecturer in Composition, Rob worked a freelance music copyist, pianist and repetiteur, working with Opera Factory, Almeida Opera and Garsington Opera. He has also played with the London Sinfonietta and Music Projects/London, and now gives frequent solo recitals covering a wide range of repertoire.
His own works have been performed by, among others: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Lontano, Premiere Ensemble, Ensemble Bash, dal niente ensemble Chicago, pianists Martin Roscoe, Colin Stone, Mary Dullea and Ian Pace, guitarists Jonathan Leathwood and Fabio Zanon, bass player Corrado Canonici, oboes Andrew Nogal and Chris Redgate, Bingham Quartet, Chinook Clarinet Quartet, Fretwork and Composers’ Ensemble.
‘Circus Games was written above all as a fun piece, as the title suggests. I imagine the trombone as a circus ringleader, and the wind, piano and vibraphone as members of a circus troupe. Like much of my recent work, the piece is relatively short in duration, but tight and concentrated in its invention, reflecting my view that any language, even a relatively complex one such as I use, can be used in an entertaining and communicative manner.’