...unified by their common energy and discipline, and a singular understanding of Shostakovich’s music...
(Lindis Taylor, "Middle-C")
Robert Ibell - cello

Robert Ibell was born in Dannevirke and brought up in Palmerston North. While training there as a school teacher he learned cello from Judith Hyatt in Wellington.

From 1986 to 1992 Robert lived in London, studying cello with Tania Hunt, Derek Simpson and Christopher Bunting. He played at music schools and in masterclasses (where his teachers included Alexander Baillie, Steve Doane, Anner Bylsma and Steven Isserlis), taught, gave recitals and played in professional and amateur orchestras.

Since 1993 Robert has been a member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He is also an experienced chamber musician, cello teacher, chamber music coach and adjudicator. Formerly the cellist of the Nevine Quartet, Robert has been a member of the Aroha Quartet since 2009. He also plays in contemporary music group Stroma, fortepiano/cello duo Hammers & Horsehair and indie/folk/rock group Milkthistle. Robert is a Recording Artist for Radio NZ Concert.