Robert Melling was born in Plymouth, educated in York and moved to Glasgow in 1991 when he won a scholarship to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of music and Drama. Whilst at the Academy, Robert won all duo and accompaniment prizes including the principle’s overall prize. He performed regularly both as a soloist and accompanist for singers and instrumentalists in master classes with Roger Vignoles, Geoffrey Parsons, john Streets and Martin Isepp at the Britten-Pears School. Awarded a commendation in the Maggie Teyte Competition at Covent Garden, Robert was also chosen to perform in Graham Johnson’s Songmakers’ Almanac master classes and in concerts at St John Smith Square, London.
Robert’s concerto performances include Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Jolivet’s Concertino for Trumpet, String Orchestra and Piano and he has performed both in Britain and on the continent, most notably in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Wigmore hall, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Auckland Palace Durham and extensively throughout Scotland and Iceland. Robert has also worked with the Chamber Group of Scotland, the BT Scottish Ensemble, Paragon, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Capella Nova, Robert McFalls Chamber, and the John Currie Singers.
He has also performed in recitals for Radio 3 at the National Portrait Gallery and for Radio Scotland. As well as being the official accompanist for the Perth Music Festival and the Festival International de Musique et des Arts de Latour de France, Robert also continues to enjoy performing on the recital platform. Most notably with a voice and piano recital at the Louvre for Radio France and a Dutch Radio recital in s’Hertogenbosch, that was repeated in Edinburgh and Glasgow. In collaboration with the Scottish based composer John Rose, Robert has just recorded his Preludes and Fugues and his Essay on DSCH. Robert recently gave a solo recital in the South of France performing music by Mozart, Debussy, Schubert and Kokkonen and a voice and piano recital in Switzerland.
Robert’s opera experience includes work with the RSAMD, Manan Opera, Opera Alba, British Youth Opera, Opera Galactica and he has conducted Carmen with Opera on a Shoestring. He was also the musical director for their touring production An Evening in Paris. Robert’s theatrical experience has seen him performing at the Citizens Theatre, Theatre Cryptic, Suspect Culture and the National Theatre of Scotland with whom, as the musical director for Wolves in the Walls, he made his US debut performing on New York’s Broadway. Alongside his performance work Robert also teaches piano at Glenalmond College Perthshire and at the High School of Glasgow.