Robin Porter

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Saxophone

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Robin Porter is a saxophonist, composer and educator, graduate of the Leeds College of Music (LCoM) jazz course with first class honours and winner of 'The George Murphy Trophy for Jazz Saxophone' in 2013.

Robin is an active performer and has experience playing in some of the UK's most prestigious venues; in 2012 he was selected to represent LCoM with his own gropu at the Steinway Hall (London); the following year his ensemble, The Porter Quartet, performed in the Royal Albert Hall 'Elgar Room' as part of the Proms Plus Late Sessions, which was recorded and later broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Robin also takes a great interest in music education - he is a clarinet/saxophone tutor at Maple Walk Independent School, previous to which he has taught instrumental lessons privately and through established institutions (Roundhay Music, Artforms). Robin is also an experienced workshop leader and has led group classes in jazz and improvisation (LCoM, Seven Arts, Heart). He is currently enrolled on the National Youth Jazz Collective's Ambassadors scheme, a one-year part-time training programme for young educators that involves mentorship from the Collective's highly acclaimed team of professional tutors.

In June 2014 Robin was awarded the 'Career Development Bursary' from LCoM, funding which has supported tuition with internationally renowned musician, Iain Dixon (Michael Brecker, Mike Walker, Julian Arguelles). He is currently preparing for an MA in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), a 2-year full-time course commencing in September 2016.

Robin is very grateful to have been awarded a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award for 2016, as well as receivng support from RAM towards the cost of his studies.