Iain Robbie

Iain has been playing percussion in one form or another for the past 27 years. He began playing professionally at age 15 with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, working with artists such as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, John Williams, Peter Sculthorpe and Ross Edwards. In the Darwin City Brass Band, Iain played cornet for dignitaries and major events including the Prince and Princess of Wales, Pope John Paul II and The World Brass Band Championship '88. He began playing with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in 1994, and toured with them to Melbourne and Sydney in 1997. Iain has also been a regular casual in many concert series and productions in Perth.

He was accepted into the WAAPA in 1993 and toured Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada on four consecutive seasons with the Australian Youth Orchestra. He has worked with The WA Ballet, WA Opera (The Sound Garden), WA Symphony Orchestra and the Perth International Arts Festival. He has performed with Magnetic Pig, Nova Ensemble (The Drummers of Gilgamesh/JAKART Festival), Skadada, (Electronic Big Top, Sydney/China Tour) The Australian Shakespeare Company, (A Mid-Summer Nights Dream) Drum-Drum, (PNG & Adelaide Festival '96) The Slagwerk Groep Den Haag (Paradiso, Amsterdam), Synergy, Steve Schick, Zoltan Ratz (Amadinda) Rodger Smalley, Christine Anu, Steven Farris and many of Perth's leading jazz musicians (Swish). Iain is a member of Sabroson Big Band (Closing of PIAF 2005) and he is a founding member of Tetrafide Percussion Ensemble (Rhythm Sticks '03/'04, PIAF '04, World Expo '05).

Iain has guest lectured at the Royal College of Music in London , and has guest lectured at the WAAPA on numerous occasions. Iain is sought after for his music workshops which he has conducted at many of Perth’s most respected schools (All Saints College, MLC). He has been a leading educator of percussion in many of Perth ’s prestigious private schools, and will this year complete his Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Western Australia .

He has worked with world percussion masters from Ghana, PNG, Senegal, Cuba and India. He graduated from the WA Conservatorium of Music in 1997 with a Bachelor of Music and in 1999 spent a year studying a Masters of Music at The Royal Conservatorium of Music in The Hague, Holland.

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