Robert Costin, described as a performer of ‘consummate control’ (MusicWeb) and ‘in total technical command’ (International Record Review), studied organ and harpsichord at the Royal Academy of Music before reading music at Pembroke College, Cambridge. His principal teachers were Nicholas Danby, David Sanger and John Toll. He combines a busy freelance playing career with the post of Director of Music at Ardingly College.
After graduation, Robert moved to New Zealand to take up the post of Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington. During this period he became a National Recording Artist for Radio New Zealand, making numerous solo organ broadcasts, and he was a major prize winner at the Hamilton International Organ Competition. He has also held posts at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, and Blackburn Cathedral. In 1996 Robert moved from cathedral music into the field of education, taking up the post of Assistant Director of Music and Organist at Worksop College, followed by the same position at Bedford School. Robert has been Director of Music at Ardingly College since September 2007.
Robert’s career has taken him all over the world, including Africa, North America, Asia and Australasia. Recent highlights have included his debut with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, broadcast live on national radio, and recitals in Washington National Cathedral, The Cathedral of St John Divine, New York, and Notre Dame de Paris. He has also performed in many of the major British venues, including King’s College, Cambridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. Future plans include performances at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and a New Zealand tour. Robert has broadcast on Radio New Zealand and the BBC, and his recordings have featured on the popular US radio programme Pipedreams.