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Recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Bath Philharmonia, British conductor Robert Weaver is establishing himself as a commanding presence on the podium. Known for his innovative programming and high-calibre interpretation of a wide range of repertoire, Robert has conducted the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, St Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Trondheim Soloists, Bath Philharmonia and London Symphony Chorus, and worked with soloists including Tasmin Little, Nicola Benedetti, Peter Donohoe and Guy Johnston. Committed to new and 20th century music, he has performed works by a number of contemporary composers including John Pickard, Anthony Payne and Oliver Knussen.
A violinist by training, Robert studied with Duncan Riddell (leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) and has performed under the baton of many internationally renowned conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Charles Mackerras, Robin Ticciati and Richard Hickox OBE in several international music festivals including Aldeburgh, St Endellion and the BBC Proms. As an experienced concert-master, Robert has led orchestras such as YMSO and Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra, performing as soloist in works such as R. Strauss' Ein Heldenleben and Mozart Violin concertos.
Robert studied conducting with Lev Parikian and Alexander Polyanichko (both graduates from Ilya Musin's Leningrad conducting school) and has participated in masterclasses with Colin Metters (Royal Academy of Music), Martyn Brabbins (Orkney Conductors Course) and Mark Heron (RNCM). Robert read medicine at the University of Bristol where he was recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Warren Scholarship for students with exceptional musical talent. He was awarded the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Music, Art and Drama, recognising his contribution to the musical life of the university as music director of the Bristol University Chamber Orchestra and leader of the Symphony Orchestra.