Calum Robertson is a Live Music Now Scotland artist and graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, receiving a BMus Honours first class degree in July 2011 and a Masters in Performance in November 2012 on clarinet, having studied with John Cushing (former Principal RSNO). During those five years he won The Mary D. Adams Prize for Chamber Music, the Classical Concerto Competition and The Governors’ Woodwind Recital Prize.
In January 2010 he performed Carl Nielsen's clarinet concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of a joint scheme with the RCS and in February that year he was interviewed and broadcast Sir James MacMillan's solo work From Galloway on BBC Radio 3. In January 2014 he was awarded The Harriet Cohen Memorial Award for young musicians establishing careers resulting in a new commission for clarinet and choir by Claire McCue called Kneeling which he has since recorded with Old Saint Paul’s choir, Edinburgh.
He freelances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Orchestra of Scottish Opera and has appeared as Guest Principal with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the RSNO. In August 2013 he made his Edinburgh International Festival debut in a performance of Pierrot Lunaire with Scottish Ballet. He plays with The David Patrick Ensemble and recorded an album, The Jazz Rites of Spring, in 2015.
Calum is a member of Sirocco Winds; a wind quintet made up of RCS graduates. He is part of the soprano and clarinet duo with Sally Carr.
As organist, Calum is Assistant Director of Music at Old Saint Paul’s, Episcopal Church, Edinburgh and is part of the trumpet and organ duo, Pistons and Pipes, with Tom Poulson.
Calum has commissioned and premiered many new works including “Prey” by Claire McCue, “Reed Talk” by Rory Boyle, Twitch by American composer Tim Miles and “Hot Chocolate” by American composer, Kyle Berry. www.calumrobertson.co.uk @salandcalduo