Rob Farhat is a pianist, conductor, viola player, and music teacher, having completed a DipMus in Performance and Teaching in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2008, studying with John O’Conor and Hugh Tinney.
He has performed extensively throughout Ireland, Europe, and the US, including recitals in the NCH, RDS, and RIAM in Dublin, and abroad in Oxford, Paris, and Washington DC. He is also a previous winner of over 40 competitions, including Feis Ceoil's Morris Grant Bursary for Piano, the Yamaha Foundation Music Bursary, and the Father Frank Maher Bursary, amongst others, and has also partaken in international master classes with the likes of Angela Hewitt, Jaque Rouvier, Hamish Milne, and more.
As a viola player, he has been section principle of the National Youth Orchestra and RIAM Symphony Orchestra, touring extensively in Finland, Switzerland, and the United States. He was also previously the conductor and manager of the Trinity Orchestra, having arranged and conducted the first ever live orchestral performance of the music of Daft Punk
in 2011, bringing it to Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit, and abroad.
In 2014 he founded a new music management and production company called Ensemble Music
, of which he is currently co-director.