Rob Burton

Saxophone - 2018 Finalist

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Hailing from a farming family in Cambridgeshire, 18-year-old saxophonist Rob Burton won the Woodwind Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2018. This summer he performs the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto after winning the Silk Street Sinfonia Young Artists Concerto Competition, and gives recitals at the Cheltenham Festival and the Charles Wood Festival in Armagh.

Hailing from a farming family in Cambridgeshire, 18-year-old saxophonist Rob Burton won the Woodwind Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2018. 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.

Rob is in his first year studying Classical Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music under Simon Haram and Huw Wiggin. He was a pupil at Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon alongside studies with Paul Stevens (saxophone) and Derek Hannigan (clarinet) at Junior Guildhall, where he was a Sax.co.uk Scholarship holder. Rob has also achieved Grade 8 Distinction in Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano and Recorder.

Rob was a finalist in Junior Guildhall’s ‘Lutine Prize’ competition for three consecutive years. He has won titles of Wellingborough Young Musician of the Year and Oundle Young Musician of the Year. He was also a National Finalist in Rotary Young Musician of the Year 2016 and highly commended in the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain’s composition prize.

As soloist Rob has performed with the Huntingdon Philharmonic and Bromley Symphony Orchestras. This summer he performs the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto after winning the Silk Street Sinfonia Young Artists Concerto Competition, and gives recitals at the Cheltenham Festival and the Charles Wood Festival in Armagh.

A keen chamber musician, Rob also enjoys playing with his saxophone quartet ‘Kumori Quartet’ and his reed quintet. He was Principal Saxophone with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, and has played with the Junior Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra. Rob is grateful for the support of YCAT in their aftercare scheme for finalists of BBC Young Musician.


Press reviews

“[Rob Burton’s] bright, rich tone and intelligent phrasing made even the runs and ornaments sound like song”

BBC Young Musician final, The Arts Desk, May 2018
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Contact

Booking:

To book Rob contact Helen Carvell, General Manager:

helen@ycat.co.uk
0207 379 8477

Follow Rob on:

www.robburtonsax.co.uk