Robert Henley is an Australian-English-New Zealand conductor based in Paris.
After having worked in Australia, he undertook advanced conducting studies in Europe, from 2011 to 2014 studying in London, St Petersburg, Romania, Poland and Estonia. Robert is a student of Jonathan Brett (English Classical Players, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra) and Sir Roger Norrington.
Robert undertook his degree and post-graduate studies in Australia and began conducting in the opera school of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. His first concerts were of the music of Mozart (the Serenade for Winds, Symphony number 39 and Piano Concerto number 20).
Some career highlights include:
- Working freelance in Brisbane Australia including for Upstart Opera (the Australian premiere of Savitri by Holst), Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Southbank Corporation
- Live radio broadcasts from the Southbank Piazza (Brisbane, Australia)
- Directing rehearsals for the opera school, Queensland Conservatorium of Music (for example L’Elisir d’Amore, The Magic Flute)
- Preparing the music for the staged production of Mendelssohn’s Elijah by Joseph Ward (opera director and former principal tenor at Covent Garden)
- Studying under Jorma Panula in Australia’s national conducting program in 1999
- Performing the music of Georges Enescu (the first movement of the first symphony) in Romania only a few kilometres from his summer villa
- Studying in master classes (including performing in concerts) with professional orchestras in Romania (Enescu, Symphony n° 1; Strauss, Don Juan; Stravinsky, Pétrouchka; concertos of Beethoven; Brahms, Symphony n° 3); in Poland (the concertos of Chopin; Beethoven, Symphony n° 1) and in Saint Petersburg (Brahms, Symphony n° 1; Beethoven, Symphony° 3).
Robert is currently making a series of recordings called << Journeys on the Time-Music Continuum>>. This Internet project aims to involve audiences more closely in passionate and moving concerts by giving people the chance to take part in the development of the ideas behind an interpretation.
Robert speaks French and English. He was born in 1972.
You can see Robert conducting in Poland at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dHLx0wA458
And you can see Robert conducting in St Petersburg at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YBRbBmu550