Rob Gladstones was born in Perth. He began learning Violin and Euphonium at age 7 before
settling on the Horn at 13. He studied Horn at the Canberra School of Music with Hector MacDonald,
graduating in 1985. During his student years he was a member of the West Australian Youth
Orchestra, the Canberra Youth Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra.
Rob took up the position of 2nd Horn in the Sydney Elizabethan Orchestra (Now the Opera
Australian Orchestra) in 1986 and was appointed Associate Principal in 1988. During his time in
Sydney he played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra as well
as Chamber Music, Musicals and many soundtrack and jingle recordings. He moved back to Perth in
1989 to take up the position of Associate Principal Horn with the West Australian Symphony
Orchestra, moving to his current position of Principal 3rd Horn in 1995. He is a regular performer and
soloist with many local ensembles including the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, UWA Choral Society,
South Side Symphony Orchestra and the W.A. Mozarteum.
Rob is very active as a teacher. He is currently Horn Teacher at UWA and gives clinics and
workshops for schools and the Perth Horn Society where he is the Artistic Advisor.
As a conductor he has worked with the Challenge Brass Brass Band, Combined Districts Concert
Band, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the South Side Symphony Orchestra.
SSSO was delighted to appoint Rob Gladstones as SSSO’s Music Director in November 2020. We welcome Rob to the position and feel privileged to be working with him.
When he is not playing or teaching horn he is busy repairing and servicing brass instruments!