Free Music Recital
Rob Burton is studying Classical Saxophone, in his second year, with Huw Wiggin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Earlier last year he won the televised Woodwind Category Final of the BBC Young Musician 2018 competition, and became the second-ever saxophonist in the competition to progress to the Final. On May 13th Rob played in the Grand Final with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham Symphony Hall, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.
Rob went to Hinchingbrooke School, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire where he gained A Levels in Music and Fine Art. He studied Saxophone with Paul Stevens at Junior Guildhall School of Music for 5 years, where he was Sax.co.uk Scholarship holder. Rob has also achieved Grade 8 Distinction in Saxophone, Recorder, Piano and Clarinet and he was Principal Saxophone with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain.
Highlights as a concerto soloist include performances with Huntingdon Philharmonic, Bromley Symphony Orchestra, CBSO, Silk Street Sinfonia as well as solo recitals at the Cheltenham Music Festival 2018 and the Charles Wood Festival, Northern Ireland. He has performed at Windsor Castle, will be playing at Buckingham Palace later this year and is really looking forward to performing this recital at the incredible Southwark Cathedral.
A keen chamber musician, Rob also enjoys playing with his saxophone quartet ‘Kumori’ and his sax/violin/piano ‘ Kavinsky Trio’.
When not playing music Rob is a very keen artist(check out his artwork on his website) and enjoyed finding the best coffee shops in London!
You can check out Rob’s website and BBC Young Musician performance here:
Rob will be performing pieces by Marcello, Debussy, Creston and Iturralde
Rob’s accompanist is London based Maltese pianist Christine Zerafa. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in various concert series and festivals around the UK and overseas. Performances have taken her to venues in Italy, Malta, England, France, Poland, and the United States, including the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room), St John Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, St James Piccadilly, the Malta Arts Festival and Victoria Arts Festival, amongst others. She has been described as “a natural musician” and “a musician with a warm and very communicative personality” (The Times of Malta, 2012), and has been recipient of various awards including first prize in the Malta National Bice Mizzi Competition, the RNCM Clifton Helliwell Memorial Prize, the RAM Scott Huxley prize and Eric Brough Memorial Prize. She has also been selected as a Park Lane Group Artist and a Tunnell Trust Artist for the 2016/17 season.