Robert is an outstanding Australian pianist, composer, teacher and music education leader who has
developed a multi-faceted career in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium and Durham University, he was first appointed to the academic staff of the Sydney Conservatorium as a lecturer in music studies, followed by a long period at Newcastle Conservatorium, becoming Deputy Principal and later, Dean of Music. He was Head of the School of Music at the University of Auckland for several years after which he held the position of Visiting Professor of Music and Consultant at the University of Canterbury. Robert has recently retired and now resides in Kangaroo Valley. He is still professionally active having been appointed Chair of the Academic Board of the Australian Performing Arts Academy (AMPA) and is also continuing his work as a teacher.