Rob Fokkens

Rob Fokkens
Robert Fokkens is a South African composer based in the UK. His music has been performed in many major venues in the UK (including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Royal Festival Hall), South Africa, Australia, the USA, Japan, and across Europe; and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio, Swedish Radio P2 and various South African radio stations. Performers of his music include conductors Pierre-André Valade, Martyn Brabbins, Ludovic Morlot, Gérard Korsten and Tim Murray; violinists Ernst Kovacic, Harriet Mackenzie, and Darragh Morgan; cellists Oliver Coates and Robin Michael; singers Ian Partridge, Claire Booth, Sarah Dacey and Patricia Rozario; low flutes specialist, Carla Rees; and ensembles such as the South African National Youth Orchestra, The Fibonacci Sequence, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Trio Fibonacci, juice vocal trio, Tête à Tête Opera, rarescale, and the Fidelio Trio. His music is published by Composers Edition and Tetractys Publishing, and his debut CD of chamber music – Tracing Lines – is available on the Métier label. Robert studied at the University of Cape Town - having composition lessons with Peter Klatzow and Peter Louis van Dijk - and the Royal Academy of Music, also holding the Manson Fellowship at the RAM in 2001-2002. During his studies he worked with many composers including George Crumb, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Ades, Simon Bainbridge, Poul Ruders, and Mauricio Kagel. He completed his PhD at the University of Southampton in 2007, where he was supervised by Michael Finnissy. Throughout his studies, Robert was generously supported by organisations including the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the South African Music Rights Organisation, the National Arts Council of South Africa, the Overseas Research Scheme UK, and the Royal Academy of Music. His doctoral studies were largely funded by a University of Southampton Major Studentship. Robert is a Lecturer in Composition at Cardiff University.

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