Cello Robert Anderson

When did you join the RSNO? 
January 2022.
Where are you from?
Where did you study?
I studied at the RSAMD in Glasgow, the Hochschule für Künste Bremen, and the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland.
What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
Playing music for a living.
Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far. 
The tour this year that included Vienna and Ljubljana, and playing Götterdämmerung at the Edinburgh Festival in 2019.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing with the Orchestra? 
Getting away to a remote spot in our converted Transit campervan, with my other half Helena and our two kids. Also, messing around on my guitar.
Do you have any hidden talents? 
If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why? 
The Buddha, for some tips, and John Lambie, arguably Scotland’s greatest ever sporting mind.
You’re stranded on a desert island. You’re allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
It’s impossible to choose but on this occasion: Quatuor Mosaïques’ recording of the late Beethoven Quartets, because it’s infinitely fascinating music and I especially love this Quartet’s interpretations on gut strings; “Kid A” by Radiohead because it was a favourite record growing up; and “Brilliant Corners” by Thelonius Monk because of his piano playing and songs. As for a book, I would genuinely choose “100 Years of Solitude” by Marquez, as I don’t think I’ve enjoyed any book more, despite being aware that it leaves me open to Dad joke accusations.