Robert Plane

Robert Plane has enjoyed a career encompassing solo and chamber work, as well as holding the principal clarinet positions of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and, currently, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. As guest principal clarinet he has played with some of the world's greatest orchestras, including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has played concertos with the Bournemouth Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Dortmunder Philharmoniker, and he made his BBC Proms concerto debut in 2011.

Robert is a successful recording artist who is particularly highly regarded for his Naxos recordings of Finzi, Stanford, Ireland and Howells. His account of Finzi's Clarinet Concerto won Classic CD Magazine's 'Best Concerto Recording' Award and was selected as BBC Radio 3's recommended version in 'Building a Library'. Gramophone Magazine has hailed recordings of 'ravishing lyricism and conviction by Robert Plane, who has now surely fully occupied the shoes of the late Thea King in his championship of British clarinet music.' His recording of Messiaen's 'Quartet for the End of Time' with the Gould Trio was praised by BBC Music Magazine as the 'best modern account' of this monumental work.

robert's masterclasses are in great demand, with recent visits to the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music in London, Beijing Central Conservatory and the San Francisco Conservatory.