Robin O’Neill is principal bassoonist with the Philharmonia Orchestra and has held the same position with the English Chamber Orchestra and as a founder member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
At 16 he was principal bassoonist with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain where he played under Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit and Rudolph Schwartz before studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Martin Gatt and Graham Sheen. He won several prizes including the Laurie Kennedy and Anna Instone Awards. Whilst at the GSMD Robin was principal bassoonist with the European Community Youth Orchestra where he played under Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim and Herbert von Karajan.
He was a founder member and player’s committee member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and played the Mozart Bassoon Concerto on their first tour to Australia and Singapore. He also recorded the Mozart Wind Serenades and Sinfonia Concertante with Alexander Schneider.
Robin O’Neill then joined the English Chamber Orchestra where he recorded the Mozart Piano Concertos and Piano and Wind Quintet with Mitsuko Uchida and toured Japan and the USA several times. With the ECO he also worked with Pinchas Zuckerman, Daniel Barenboim, Murray Perahia, Antal Dorati, Sir Georg Solti and Christoph Eschenbach before being invited to join the Philharmonia Orchestra.
During his career with the Philharmonia Robin O’Neil has played in all the major concert halls of the world under conductors such as Sanderling, Svetlanov, Levine, Giulini, Dohnanyi, Maazel, Muti, Salonen, Temirkanov, Sinopoli, Dudamel, Ashkenazy and composers Thomas Ades and George Benjamin.
He has also appeared as a guest with the World Orchestra for Peace and the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra.
Robin O'Neill has always been an active chamber musician and is a member of London Winds and the Gaudier Ensemble. He is a Grammy nominated recording artist and has recorded more than 40 CDs on labels such as Hyperion, Chandos, Decca and Philips. He has collaborated with musicians such as Mikhail Pletnev, Mitsuko Uchida, Christoph Eschenbach, Stephen Kovacevich, Alexander Madzar, Pinchas Zuckerman and Michael Collins. He has also performed the Mozart Bassoon Concerto by invitation for His Royal Highness Prince Charles the Prince of Wales.
Robin O’Neill is currently Visiting Professor of Bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
In his parallel career as conductor he has conducted, amongst others, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, London Philharmonic and the English Chamber Orchestra. Robin O'Neill is professor of conducting at the Royal College of Music in London.