Who's who in the orchestra

Robert Pool

First Violin

Robert Pool

Joined the LPO in 1986


After early training as a junior exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, Robert studied for a further four years there with Jaroslav Vanacek. The awards of the Sir James Caird and Countess of Munster scholarships enabled him to study, for a further two years, at the Cologne Musikhoschule with Igor Ozim, and with members of the Amadeus String Quartet. Some summer weeks were spent playing at the annual festival at Montepulciano. It was in Germany that Robert began his professional career, with both the Rhenish and the Cologne chamber orchestras.

Robert returned to London to join the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1979, and moved to the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1986. Much travelled, like many of his colleagues, Robert enjoys being able to walk to work from his home when the Orchestra is in London, and has a keen interest in the city's new buildings.