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Robert Ibell


Born: 1961


Robert Ibell, cellist, was born in 1961 in Dannevirke and brought up in Palmerston North. While training there as a school teacher he learned cello from Judith Hyatt in Wellington.

From 1986 to 1992 Robert lived in London, studying cello with Tania Hunt, Derek Simpson and Christopher Bunting. He played at music schools and in masterclasses (where his teachers included Alexander Baillie, Steve Doane, Anner Bylsma and Steven Isserlis), taught, gave recitals and played in professional and amateur orchestras.

Since 1993 he has been a member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the Aroha Quartet, viola/cello/bass trio Amazon, and contemporary music group Stroma. He performs regularly in lunchtime concert series and for Chamber Music New Zealand, and is a Recording Artist for Radio New Zealand Concert.

Robert frequently includes contemporary works in his recital programmes, including first performances of works by John Elmsly, David Farquhar and Philip Brownlee.

Commissioned (4)

Four Echoes

for cello

Four Echoes

for viola


for cello, 10m

Two Pieces for Solo Cello

for cello, 10m