Robert Costin enjoys an international reputation as a musician of exceptional versatility, being equally at home as a keyboard soloist, ensemble player, conductor and teacher. His musicianship has been described as “masterful” (The Independent) and “consistently excellent” (Gramophone).
Robert's concert career has taken him all over the world, including Europe, Asia and the USA. His concerto debut with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra was described as a “triumph” and “thrill-a-minute stuff” (Weekend Herald).
Robert has released seven internationally-acclaimed solo CDs on the Kiwi Pacific, Atoll and Stone Record labels. His most recent recording of Bach's complete Well-Tempered Clavier was described as "a wonderful set of records, a true achievement of the modern gramophone" (The Organ). His recordings have been played on BBC Radio 3 and Radio New Zealand.
Robert began his musical career as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral. He was educated at Oundle School, the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University, where he was Organ Scholar of Pembroke College. Robert was awarded the Fellowship diploma of the Royal College of Organists at the age of nineteen and was a major prizewinner in the 1994 Hamilton International Organ Competition.
As an organist, Robert has held positions at St Matthew's Church, Northampton, St Alban's Church, Holborn, Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, Blackburn Cathedral and All Saints' Church, Blackheath. He has commissioned works from Stephen Hough and David Briggs.
Robert is Director of Music at Rugby School Thailand. He has held teaching posts at St Louis School, Milan, Highgate School, St Paul's Cathedral School, Ardingly College, Bedford School and Worksop College. Whilst he was Director of Music at Ardingly College, he started and directed the international concert series Music@Ardingly and established prestigious partnerships with VOCES8 and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Robert is a regular harpsichord professor on the British Isles Music Festival, and for many years he was an organ tutor on the Oundle for Organists courses. He has led classes and workshops all over the world, most recently in Hong Kong and the USA.