Robert Gibbs, violin

Robert Gibbs was born in London and studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Margaret Norris, and with Jaroslav Vanecek and Trevor Williams at the Royal College of Music, where he won the Tagore Gold Medal.

He is leader of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and London Festival Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with both in the UK and throughout Europe, Asia and South America. He is also a guest leader for the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Opera House, Nederlands Ballet and the New Queens Hall orchestras.

Robert often performs as soloist for ballet, including Vivaldi’s Seasons for Birmingham Royal Ballet, works by Kreisler, Massenet and Ravel for the Royal Ballet, and Stravinsky and Bach for New York City Ballet.

As a member of the Flesch Quartet he has recorded works by Mozart, Brahms, Korngold, Alan Rawsthorne and Miklós Rózsa.

Robert’s other duo recordings include the complete works of Arnold Bax and W H Reed. He owns W H Reed’s violin which he inherited from his aunt Thirza Whysall, a favourite pupil of Reed’s towards the end of his life. He has recorded a companion CD wiith David Owen Norris, as well as taking part in a BBC documentary performing the sketches for Elgar’s Third Symphony which Reed helped to preserve.