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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 and London Symphony Chorus, and worked with soloists including violinist Tasmin Little and cellist Guy Johnston. Committed to new and 20th century music, he has performed works by a number of contemporary composers including John Pickard, Tony Payne and Oliver Knussen. The 2018/19 season will see Robert work closely with Bath Philharmonia’s music director Jason Thornton and international soloists Nicola Benedetti and Steven Isserlis.
A violinist by training, Robert studied with Duncan Riddell (leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) and gained inspiration as an orchestral musician performing under the baton of many internationally renowned conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Robin Ticciati and Richard Hickox OBE in several international music festivals including Aldeburgh, St Endellion and the BBC Proms.
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) and Martyn Brabbins (Orkney Conductors Course).
Robert read medicine at the University of Bristol where he was recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship. 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.
Robert is an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.