WASO’s Principal 3rd Horn, Robert Gladstones joined WASO in 1989.
Rob was born in Perth and began learning violin and euphonium when he was seven, before settling on the horn at 13. He studied horn at the Canberra School of Music with Hector MacDonald, graduating in 1985.
During his student years he was a member of the West Australian Youth Orchestra, the Canberra Youth Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra.
Rob took up the position of 2nd Horn in the Sydney Elizabethan Orchestra (now the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra) in 1986 and was appointed Associate Principal in 1988.
During his time in Sydney Rob played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra as well as performing chamber music, musicals and many soundtrack and jingle recordings.
Rob moved back to Perth to take up the position of Associate Principal Horn with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in 1989, moving to his current position of Principal 3rd Horn in 1995.
Rob is very active as a teacher and currently teaches at the WA Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University, the University of Western Australia and John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School.
When he is not playing or teaching horn Rob is busy repairing and servicing brass instruments!
Watch the interview here.
The West Australian
Monday, 14 May 2018 8:10AM