He began playing cornet in the Hyde Street Band at the age of 8, later studying trumpet with Mervyn Simpson at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 1977. Robert was a member of the MSO from 1976 to 1990 he then moved to pursue teaching and writing, initially at Haileybury College and finally the VCA.
He has had a wealth of experience playing in all genres from orchestral to big bands, films, commercials and chamber ensembles recently working with Orchestra Victoria and The Australian Pops Orchestra. His music has been reordered many times with the latest being his 2005 work Chilago which is included on the album Journey, contemporary music for trumpet and organ recorded by Anthony Pope and Dominic Perissinotto. His Four Pieces for Brass Trio, Australian Folk Song Suite and Fanfare both for brass quintet are also published by Kookaburra Music.
Robert's Tuba Folk and Lachlan Tiger are in the AMEB brass syllabus and included in their brass publications.