A native of Australia, Rob Nairn received his Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the Canberra School of Music and a post-graduate diploma from the Berlin Musikhochschule by courtesy of a two-year DAAD German Government Scholarship.
His teachers include Klaus Stoll, Tom Martin, and Max McBride.
Rob's experience covers Contemporary, Jazz, traditional Orchestral, and Baroque and Classical "authentic performance" Ensembles. He has performed with the London Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta and the Melbourne Symphony. He has acted as guest Principle Bassist with the Halle Orchestra, The Scottish Camber Orchestra, the London Mozart players, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and held the position of Principle bass with the Australian Chamber orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
He currently holds the position of Principal Double Bass with the Handel Haydn Society, the Boston early Music Festival and Julliard Baroque, and has also performed with the English Baroque soloists, the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Washington Bach Consort, the Aulos Ensemble, Rebel, Florilegium and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Rob is active in commissioning new works for the Double Bass and has premiered more than fourty compositions for both solo bass and chamber music featuring the bass.
Rob is on the faculty at the Juilliard School and Penn State University where he also directs the University's Baroque Ensemble. He is a past president of the International Society of Bassists and recipient of a Howard Foundation Fellowship from Brown University. He has recorded for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, EMI, Virgin, ABC Classics, and Channel Classics.