Originally from Wiltshire, Robert began playing the flute aged seven. He went on to perform in various ensembles at county and national level before taking up a place at the Royal Northern College of Music, during which time he was a Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist and prize winner at the British Flute Society Young Artist competition.
He studied with Richard Davis and Joanne Boddington, as well as performing in masterclasses for William Bennett, Peter Lloyd, Robert Winn and Jean-Louis Beaumadier. During his degree Robert spent a year studying abroad with Anders Ljungar-Chapelon at the Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden.
Robert now enjoys a varied career performing with orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Hallé, Northern Ballet Sinfonia, Orchestra of Opera North, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra, among others. In addition to broadcasts for television & radio in the UK and abroad, Robert performs regularly at many of the major British music festivals, including the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham and Edinburgh, as well as having toured Europe and the Far East. He has recorded extensively for labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, NMC, Naxos and Polyphonic.
Robert is the flute tutor for the University of Manchester, Sheffield Music Academy and Yorkshire Young Musicians and has taught at Leeds Conservatoire, Liverpool & Liverpool Hope universities in addition to education projects with the RNCM, RLPO and CBSO.