Robert Plane | clarinet

Robert Plane | clarinet

Robert Plane has long championed the music of British composers, past and present, both in the concert hall and in the recording studio. His disc of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto won Classic CD Magazine’s ‘Concerto Recording of the Year’ award and his disc of Sonatas by Arnold Bax was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award. 

He has given the premieres of concertos by Diana Burrell, Nicola LeFanu, Piers Hellawell and Simon Holt and he made his solo debut at the BBC Proms in 2011 in Holt’s double concerto Centauromachy. Robert has performed concertos with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, City of London Sinfonia, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Dortmund Philharmonic and RTE National Symphony Orchestra, in prestigious halls across Europe from Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Musica and the Zurich Tonhalle to London's Barbican and Royal Albert Hall.  

A guest of string quartets such as the Maggini, Dante, Brodsky, Carducci, Tippett, Auer and Mandelring, he also enjoys a close relationship with the Gould Piano Trio. Together they direct the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival in Northumberland. Their recording of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time was described by BBC Music Magazine as the ‘best modern account’ of this monumental work.

Chamber music tours have taken Robert to the USA, China, South America and New Zealand. 

Alongside his solo career Robert has held the principal clarinet positions of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.