Lili Boulanger – selections from Clairières dans le Ciel (arr.Brien)
Herbert Howells – Clarinet Sonata
Sir Arthur Bliss: Pastoral
Elizabeth Maconchy – Fantasia
Templeton Pocket-Sized Sonata No.1
Clarinetist and Composer
Painist and composer
Australian pianist and composer Rob Hao was born in New Zealand and raised in Sydney, where he studied piano with Ransford Elsley and gave his first concerto performance (of Prokofiev’s Third Concerto) at age 16. He graduated from the Royal College of Music, London in 2022 with first-class honours as a double major in composition and piano where he also won first prize for both composition and performance in the Contemporary Music Competition. He is also a prizewinner in the Brooks-van der Pump English song competition.
As a pianist, Rob has a particular interest in accompaniment and the performance of 20th and 21st Century music programmed alongside the traditional repertoire. He has performed an extensive range of repertoire from Rameau to Unsuk Chin as both soloist and chamber musician in Australia, the UK and across continental Europe
Rob’s compositions have been performed in Australia and the UK. He recently completed a work for London-based new music ensemble ‘standard issue’. His recent folk-inspired piano cycle, Songwriting, is a new Australian work chosen for the 2023 Sydney International Piano Competition.
He is now performing with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group on their NEXT programme and he is also Britten-Pears Young Artist for 2022/23 and currently supported by the Australian Music Foundation with an AMF Award.