AMPA Contemporary Performance Art, Performance, Musicianship, Ensemble, Music Industry, and Principal Study: Woodwind
Rob Woodward is a multi-talented multi-instrumentalist full of passion and drive.
As a saxophonist Rob performs with his own band, ‘The Big Band Theory.’ He is also a classical recitalist who has premiered many new works including the Basford Saxophone Concerto, Barbara Thompson’s Bass Saxophone Concerto and an assortment of new works for saxophone in combination with other instruments. He is also a flautist and clarinetist who performs jazz, pop, classical and contemporary (new) music.
At 17, Rob became principal saxophone in the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain before spending four years studying both classical and jazz saxophone at the Royal Northern College of Music with Rob Buckland and Andy Scott of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet. During this time he performed in masterclasses for classical artists such as John Harle, Claude DeLangle and in concert with jazz greats including Andy Sheppard, Julian Arguelles and Jiggs Whigham. Just before graduating Rob received the Terence Greaves prize for jazz composition for his big band work, Quake Town City Limits.
After working for three years at sea with Princess Cruises, Rob moved to Sydney in 2008 where he now resides with his family.
His versatile performing career includes recently working as musical director for the Barry White experience performed by Ash Puriri and he regularly MD’s performances of numerous other shows around Sydney. Since the age of fifteen, Rob has loved being a arranger since he started preparing music for his high school jazzband. He has arranged for the Sydney International Orchestra, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and for various entertainers who perform his arrangements all round the world. As a freelance performer he has accompanied established names such as Human Nature, Ricki-Lee and Todd McKenny.
Aside from this, Rob has academic lecturing commitments and is pursuing his PHD studies within the music department of the University of Western Sydney. He also maintains an number of private students.