Robert Busiakiewicz

Award-winning Composer, Conductor & Tenor

Beginning his musical education at the Franz-Schmidt Musikschule near Vienna, Robert was shortlisted and highly commended for the BBC Young Composer of the Year competition while still at Shakespeare's school in Stratford-upon-Avon. Before graduating with academic and choral scholarships from King's College London, he was shortlisted and 1st runner up in the Sibelius Young Composer Competition of 2008. After three years of vocal tuition at the Royal Academy of Music, Robert became a tenor lay clerk at Southwell Minster.

In 2013 he was awarded the Lord Mayor's Prize for composition and after being admitted to the Yeomanry of the Worshipful Company of Musicians he completed a masters degree in Music at the University of Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar at King's College. While studying there, he taught Harmony, Counterpoint and Orchestration at KCL.

Robert is the musical director of Opus 8, an elite vocal ensemble featuring Toronto's finest choral singers. Click here to listen to them. Other conductorships have included the Cambridge New Music Choir (specialising in contemporary commissions) musical director at the ADC Theatre, and the King's Big Band. He has given choral technique masterclasses as part of Eton Choral Courses and has worked extensively in Choral Outreach programmes through schools and colleges. An experienced choral motivator, tenor, and jazz pianist, he has performed across the globe in various capacities, from the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, The Hermitage Palace St Petersburg, Blenheim Palace, Washington National Cathedral, The Barbican, to venues across Paris, Lyon, Cologne, Vienna, Barcelona, Milan, Amsterdam and New York.

His music, which covers a wide variety of styles, has been performed by artists such as the Britten Sinfonia, the choir of King's College Cambridge, and the Lontano Ensemble as well as numerous other choirs in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Estonia. It has featured in contemporary festivals and on Radio 3 and been commissioned from choirs in Chelsea to quartets in Canada. His teachers have included Richard Causton, Jeremy Thurlow, Stephen Cleobury, Rob Keeley, Gareth Wilson, Stephen Dodsworth and David Trendell.

Robert currently lives in Toronto, where he is the Director of Music at St James Cathedral. Click here to learn more about music at the Cathedral, access the monthly music list for the Parish and Cathedral Choirs, or hear recordings.