Robert Wheatley

The German born English cellist Robert Wheatley is a versatile musician with an international career performing in the fields of chamber music, contemporary music and improvisation. He is a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble S201, the Emmeline String Quartet, Crimson Sunbird and multidisciplinary impro-group Theater Filidonia (a collective of young artists consisting of musicians, dancers, actors and installation artists). As of November 2022 he is the cellist of the Treske Quartet. His work as a performing artist has led him all over the world, having visited South Korea in 2018 and 2019 appearing at Youngnam Contemporary music festival and the Daegu Contemporary music festival, Klangzeit Festival Berlin, Beethovenfest Bonn in Germany, as well as many other national and international stages. He is passionate about performing all music, with concerts this past year ranging from Haydn string quartets to hardcore noise music and interdisciplinary performances. He began his cello studies in 2014 with Prof. Christoph Richter at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen and subsequently moved back to Manchester to study a Master’s degree in Cello at RNCM in Manchester under Nicholas Trygstad, where he was the recipient of the Barbirolli Cello prize in November 2019. Furthermore, he received guidance in baroque cello from Susan Shepherd and in improvisation from Steve Berry and Iain Dixon.