Rob Barron is a London based jazz pianist, arranger and composer and has been described as “one of the most creative and versatile musicians of his generation.”
Rob moved to Leeds in 2000 to study jazz at Leeds College of Music where he was awarded the prize for outstanding performance on the BA Hons. programme.
During his time in Leeds he played with Bob Mintzer, Tim Garland and Soweto Kinch and was a first call sideman for visiting artists.
After four years of working as a pianist on the Leeds and Manchester scene, Rob moved to London in 2004 to further his studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining an Mmus with distinction in Music Performance. Since graduating, Rob has become a mainstay of the London jazz and studio scene.
His work as a jazz pianist has taken him all over the world and has played with visiting American artists Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Marlena Shaw (Ronnie Scott’s club residencies,) Benny Golson, Phil Woods, Grant Stewart, Sheryl Bailey and in groups lead by leading UK artists Jacqui Dankworth, Stacey Kent, Claire Martin, Dave O Higgins, Steve Fishwick, Allison Neale, Anita Wardell, Georgia Mancio and Jean Toussaint. Rob was also a member of the award winning group Kairos 4tet. He regularly appears with the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.
As a commercial session musician, Rob has performed live with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Ulster Orchestra, Damon Albarn, Gary Barlow, Paloma Faith, Mari Wilson, Bryan Adams and Ladysmith Black Mambazo as well as in the house band for many TV shows for the BBC.
In the studio Rob has played on several film soundtracks including Baz Lurhmann’s “The Great Gatsby” and “The Son of The Sheik” with music written by Carl Davis as well as TV series “Ethel and Ernest” “Peaky Blinders” and a new children’s animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes.”
Rob’s piano playing can be also heard on commercials for M&S, J.Sainsbury (Christmas ’16) H&M, and Boots.
Rob was also Muscial Director for the Sister’s Grimm Grammy Award nominated show Inala.