Robert Gibbs was born in London and studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Margaret Norris and with Jaroslav Vanecek and Trevor Williams at the Royal College of Music, where he won the Tagore Gold Medal. He is leader of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and London Festival Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with both in Britain, Europe, Asia and South America. He is also a guest leader for the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Opera House, Nederlands Ballet and the New Queen’s Hall orchestras. He often performs as soloist for ballet, including Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons for Birmingham Royal Ballet, works by Kreisler, Massenet and Ravel for the Royal Ballet, and Stravinsky and Bach for New York City Ballet. As a member of the Flesch Quartet he has recorded Mozart, Brahms, Korngold, Rawsthorne and Rózsa. His other duo recordings include the complete works of Bax and WH Reed and he has also appeared in a BBC documentary performing the sketches for Elgar’s Third Symphony, which Reed helped to preserve.