Robert’s musical education began at the Orange Regional Conservatorium where he studied cello with Tom Woods. There he was also introduced to ensemble playing, being an active member of Orange Symphony Orchestra and later becoming principal cellist in the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Robert was awarded the Margret Henderson Trust scholarship in 2005 and moved to begin studying with Georg Pedersen at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
During his time at the Sydney Conservatorium, Robert was a member of the Sydney Sinfonia and formed the ‘Bloodwood Quartet’ which performed and toured extensively in Australia and South East Asia as cultural ambassadors for Sydney University. His quartet performed for Musica Viva and were part of the Australian Youth Orchestra's Young Concert Artist program undertaking a month-long residency in Armidale in 2008.
Robert completed his Bachelor of Music in 2009 and began work on a cruise ship performing in ‘Quartet Australis’ with the Holland America Cruise Line. In 2010, Robert moved to Germany to begin his Masters in Music degree in Hannover. There he performed as principal cellist with the Deutsch Junger Symphoniker, the Harvestehude Symphoniker and the Treppenhaus Chamber Orchestra. In 2014 Robert returned to Australia and began teaching Cello at the New England Conservatorium of Music. Robert performs regularly in Chamber music concerts, Chamber Music in Schools concerts and has recently debuted conducting the Armidale Symphony Orchestra. In his spare time, Robert enjoys digging golf balls out of bunkers, playing Trombone with the Armidale City Band and is a pottery enthusiast.