Rob is a unique guitarist and lutenist playing a vast range of music. Together with jazz, ragtime, blues, folk and Celtic styles, as well as his own original compositions as an acoustic guitarist, Rob is equally at home on lutes and early guitars of various types and sizes, playing Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music on authentic and original instruments. In addition, he owns and plays a collection of world and ethnic instruments including sitar, Arabic oud, balalaika, bazouki, bulbul tarang and berimbau. His current solo concert program “Lutes & Guitars” features 9 instruments and explores music across 5 centuries.
Rob is also a prolific composer and, as a well known writer of music for TV, has many high profile credits, including the BAFTA award winning “USA 2000” for BBC2.
He trained with Hector Quinn at Trinity College of Music and including a stint as a member of the folk rock band Gryphon, enjoyed further early success as one of London’s busiest session musicians, working with artists such as Sir Elton John, David Essex, Elaine Page and Sir Simon Rattle, before entering the world of television as a composer.
As a solo performer, Rob has appeared at many prestigious Festivals, including Ullapool, The South Bank, Cambridge, Harrogate, Lincoln Early Music, Bishop Auckland, Newbury and Chichester. He has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and hasrecently released a CD – “Robert Foster – Lutes & Guitars”.
In his spare time, Rob is learning the banjo.
He also likes reading Greek Classics and Metaphysics, exploring and debating World religion, practicing Tai Chi and enjoys juggling and unicycling and, increasingly, likes a good laugh.