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Paul Stobart

Pianist

Biography

English pianist and conductor Paul Stobart is on the music staff of The Royal Ballet. In addition to playing in rehearsals for the Company he regularly gives solo piano performances in Royal Ballet productions. As a conductor his work for the Company includes Romeo and Juliet and La Fille mal gardée on the main stage and Homage to The Queen and Swan Lake Act II in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Stobart was born in Bradford and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, later studying conducting under Victor Fedotov. He joined the music staff of The Royal Ballet in 1983. His solo piano repertory since for the Company has included Symphonic Variations, Ondine, Winter Dreams, Dances at a Gathering, Isadora Dances, Mayerling and Les Noces. He has appeared as a conductor around the world, in repertory including La Bayadère, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Mayerling, Romeo and Juliet, Bolero, Raymonda Act III, Paquita, Les Sylphides, Solitaire, The Invitation, Façade, Rendezvous, Who Cares and Checkmate. He also conducted a Royal Variety Performance starring Darcey Bussell.

Stobart was Music Director for the Irek Mukhamedov Company (UK and Spain) and for the Pavlova Gala in the Linbury Studio Theatre. He has composed music for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing ballet examination syllabus.

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