London-based saxophonist Rob Burton won the Woodwind Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2018 and went on to secure a place in the Grand Final at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, where he performed as concerto soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights since then include performances across the UK and Channel Islands as part of the Leicester, Cheltenham, Harrogate, and Oundle International Festivals amongst many others, as well as being invited further afield as part of the European Soloists Festival in Caracas, Venezuela. He has recently appeared as soloist with ‘Orchestra of the City’, Jersey Symphony, Lambeth Wind, Harrow, and Solihull Symphony Orchestras and in prestigious London venues including St. Johns Smith Square, St. James’ Piccadilly, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
In 2020 Rob returns to Switzerland at the Arosa Klassik Festival and premiers concerti by Paul Carr and Michael Lawson. This season he gives performances at Cayman Art’s Festival, concerto performances with English Pro Musica, Southgate, Maidstone, and Ealing Symphony Orchestras. Rob was winner of Silk Street Sinfonia’s Young Artists Concerto Competition, the 2019 Hans Schaeuble Award in Switzerland, as well as winner of the 'Sussex Prize for Woodwind' in the Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition Final. In 2021, Rob will make his Wigmore Hall debut.
Rob previously studied Classical Saxophone on a full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music with Huw Wiggin. Before this, he studied as Sax.co.uk scholarship holder at the Junior Guildhall School of Music, during which he was Principal Saxophone with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. He is currently pursuing his Masters degree at the Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in the renowned class of professor Lars Mlekusch.
Rob is a Vandoren UK artist and is grateful for the support of YCAT through their aftercare scheme for BBC Young Musician finalists.