Presenter Robert Nairn
Rob Nairn joined the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in May 2017 as an Associate Professor. he had spent the past 21 years overseas, the last 18 in the United States as a Distinguished Professor of Music at Penn State’s School of Music and on the Faculty of The Juilliard School in New York. He has also lived and worked in Germany, and England and his performing credits include such groups as the London and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras; the Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras; the English, Scottish and Australian Chamber Orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, the London Sinfonietta, the Halle Orchestra, and the London Mozart Players.
A specialist in historical performance, he has been principal bassist with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society since 2003. He is also principal bass of the Boston Early Music Festival and Juilliard Baroque. He has performed with the English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Concerto Caledonia, Washington Bach Consort, Rebel, Florilegium, The Smithsonian Chamber Players, The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Ironwood, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
He has commissioned and premiered more than forty new works for solo double bass and chamber groups including concerti by Barry Conyngham and Doug Balliett, and he has given solo recitals in Europe, Scandinavia, China, the United States, and Australia. He can be heard on over 60 commercial CD’s and has recorded for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, EMI, Virgin, ABC Classics, and Channel Classics.
Rob is a Past President of the International Society of Bassists from whom he received a Recognition Award for Historical Performance in 2009. He is a Howard Foundation Fellowship recipient from Brown University, DAAD German Government Scholarship recipient and was awarded a Faculty Scholar Medal at Penn State in 2015. His teachers include Max McBride, Klaus Stoll and Tom Martin.