Biography of Robert Burton

Hailing from a farming family in Cambridgeshire, saxophonist Rob Burton won the Woodwind Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2018 at the age of eighteen. He went on to secure a place in the Grand Final at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, where he performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, broadcast live on BBC 4 and BBC Radio 3.

This year Rob performs widely in the UK, Jersey and Guernsey, as well as being invited further afield as part of the European Soloists Festival in Caracas, Venezuela. Recent highlights include performing the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto after winning the Silk Street Sinfonia Young Artists Concerto Competition, recitals at the Cheltenham Festival, Oundle International Festival, Charles Wood Festival (Northern Ireland), Regents Hall, Southwark Cathedral and concertos with Huntingdon Philharmonic and Bromley Symphony Orchestras. He has also recently performed at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and as Yamaha Scholar at ‘Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2019’, with accompanist Konya Kanneh-Mason.

Rob studies Classical Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music with Huw Wiggin. He was a pupil at Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon alongside studies with Paul Stevens (saxophone) and Derek Hannigan (clarinet) at the Junior Guildhall School of Music, where he was the Scholarship holder. Rob was a finalist in Junior Guildhall’s ‘Lutine Prize’ competition for three consecutive years. He has won the titles of Wellingborough Young Musician of the Year, Oundle Young Musician of the Year and was a National Finalist in Rotary Young Musician of the Year in 2016. Rob is the most recent winner of Future Talent’s ‘Coombs Scholarship’ and is a Drake Calleja Scholar for 2019/20.

A keen chamber musician, Rob also performs with his saxophone quartet ‘Kumori Quartet’ and sax/violin/piano trio, ‘Kavinsky Trio’. He was Principal Saxophone with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. 

Future engagements include concertos with Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, performances at St. Johns Smith Square, St. James’ Piccadilly, Leicester International Music Festival, Harrogate International Festival, as well as concerto premieres and recording for ABRSM’s new diploma syllabus.​

Rob is grateful for the support of YCAT in their aftercare scheme for finalists of BBC Young Musician. Rob is a Vandoren UK artist.



© 2018 Robert Burton

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