Who's who in the orchestra

Robert Duncan

Viola (Sub Principal)

Robert Duncan

Joined the LPO in 1977


Born in London, Robert showed an early interest in classical music and started violin lessons at the age of seven with Colin Verrall, a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Later studies took him to the Guildhall School and the Centre for Young Musicians, where he also took up the viola. He decided to specialise on that instrument and entered the Royal College of Music where his main teacher was Frederick Riddle. Whilst at the College he won an Exhibition Scholarship and prizes for viola and chamber music.

After a period of freelancing in London he joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1977 as an Associate Member, becoming a Full Member three years later and Sub-Principal Viola in 1995. Apart from his long career in the LPO he has played in many chamber music groups, including the Park Lane Sextet which delved into the lesser-heard pieces of the repertoire giving some first performances, BBC broadcasts and concerts in major London venues and music clubs around the country. He took part in the first London Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble concert in 1992.