2017 Gisborne International Music Competition Jurors 

Robert Orr Oboe

Robert is section principal oboist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the orchestra for over twenty years and has also held the posts of principal cor anglais and associate principal oboe.

Outside of New Zealand, Robert has played as guest principal oboe with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. While studying at the Royal Academy of Music, London, he also played with the London Philharmonic, The Philharmonia and the City of London Sinfonia.

Robert is an established recital artist, having appeared for both the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts and the Christchurch Festival of the Arts. He has also toured for Chamber Music New Zealand with pianist Richard Mapp, and with the Zephyr wind quintet. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Southern Sinfonia, New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, and on several occasions for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Robert is an Artist Teacher at the New Zealand School of Music.



Robin Wilson Violin

Regarded as a foremost pedagogue in Australasia, Dr Robin Wilson is Head of Violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, and also teaches in the Open Academy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Previously, he held appointments as Lecturer in Violin and Pedagogy at the University of Sydney, the Australian Institute of Music and String Pedagogy Fellow at the University of Queensland. His students have won all of the major Australian national competitions, many numerous times, and are prizewinners of several international competitions, including the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. They regularly appear as soloists with the major Australian orchestras and hold positions and perform with leading orchestras in Australia and overseas, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic. Former students are currently studying at leading institutions around the world such as the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School and the Royal College of Music.

Robin has performed widely throughout Australasia as a recitalist and chamber musician. His solo discography includes two discs of violin encores and the complete Schubert sonatas for violin and piano with pianist Kemp English (Decca and Ode Records). As a member of the acclaimed historical performance ensemble Ironwood, he tours nationally and internationally, performing at major venues and festivals throughout Australia, USA and the UK and has recorded for ABC Classics, Vexations840 and VDE-Gallo. He tours nationally as a member of the Australian Octet, is former leader of the ARCO Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as guest violinist with leading Australian ensembles such as the Sydney Omega Ensemble, Ensemble Liaison, Australia Quartet and Nexus 2MBSFM Virtuosi. He has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Australian Classical and Romantic Orchestra and Orchestra of the Antipodes.

Holding a PhD from the University of Sydney on the historically informed performance of Brahms's music, Robin’s research has been recognised internationally, being awarded the prestigious 2014 Geiringer Prize from the American Brahms Society. He has presented lectures and recitals at major international conferences and institutions around the world such as Stanford and Yale Universities, City University of New York, University of Colorado, Leeds University, Royal College of Music London and the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester.

Robin has given masterclasses throughout Australasia, Singapore, the UK and the USA and was recently a keynote speaker at the 2017 IRMTNZ National Conference in Christchurch. He tutors for the Australian Youth Orchestra Chamber Players and has presented numerous times at the Australian Violin Pedagogy Conferences in Sydney and Tasmania.

Holding Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Performance and Pedagogy studying under Associate Professor Alice Waten, Robin has also worked with Janet Davies in Sydney, James Buswell at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Beryl Kimber at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, Pamela Dowsett and Jan Tawroszewicz in New Zealand and Felix Andrievsky and David Takeno in London. He plays a Gagliano workshop violin, made in Naples in 1784.