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Rob Buckland

ROB BUCKLAND is internationally acclaimed as one of the most distinctive and versatile Saxophonists of his generation, regularly appearing as concerto and recital soloist, with his Equivox Trio, and with the Apollo Saxophone Quartet. He has commissioned and recorded music from many of today’s leading composers, featuring on his own solo CD (Towards the Light 1998), with the Equivox Trio (The Time is Now 2006), eight CDs with the Apollo Saxophone Quartet (of which he is a founder member, performing, recording and commissioning over 100 new works for the medium since the group inception in 1985) and a CD with the Apollo Saxophone Orchestra featuring the music of Barbara Thompson (2012). He has also just released a CD of 4 Saxophone Concerti, recorded with the RNCM Wind orchestra and released on his own label, Sospiro Records. He regularly performs and records with such diverse ensembles such as the Michael Nyman Band, Halle Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Opera North and Northern Sinfonia. Uniquely in demand as both classical soloist and jazz artist, Rob also regularly works with Sax Assault, the John Wilson Orchestra, BBC Big Band, Royal Variety Performance Orchestra, Keith Nichol’s various early jazz projects, and can regularly be heard performing on many Film and TV soundtracks. Recent highlights include performing as concerto soloist with the RLPO, CBSO and the Orchestra of Opera North performing John Williams’ “Escapades” Concerto - taken from the soundtrack to the Dreamworks Film “Catch Me if You Can”, leading the saxophone section of the RLPO’s landmark performance with the Wayne Shorter Quartet in 2008, featuring as the saxophone soloist with Elvis Costello’s new orchestral project, and performing in a new duo with pianist Jason Rebello.

As a composer, Rob writes and arranges for both concert performance and film, tv and media, and has written a highly successful and popular ongoing series of original compositions many of which are now part of the Associated Board, Trinity and Guildhall Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute examination syllabuses. Alongside his busy performing schedule, Rob is Professor of Saxophone at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he was recently awarded a Fellowship (2008). He has written a major new Saxophone Method book outlining advanced technique and practice methods based on 15 years of teaching at the RNCM. He is Saxophone Consultant at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, regularly gives masterclasses at conservatoires across Europe, directs his own International Saxophone Summer School, the Manchester and Harrogate Saxophone Summer Courses, and is frequently invited to present saxophone weekends and days throughout the UK and Europe. He is co-Artistic Director (with Andy Scott) of the RNCM Saxophone Day, now the UK’s largest annual saxophone event and is a founding partner of Sospiro Records, (with John Harle, Tim Garland and Simon Haram). Rob is a Henri Selmer Paris artist, endorsee for Vandoren Reeds, and is published by astute-music.com.