Robert King (John Stephen), born in Wombourne, England, was a chorister with the world famous Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, where his solo performances included a best-selling recording of Durufle Requiem. He has since become established as one of the leading British conductors of his generation.
He returned to Cambridge University to read for his music degree and in 1980 founded the period instrument orchestra The King's Consort. Since then he has toured around the world, conducting in almost every European country, North and South America and the Far East. Ha made his conducting debut at the BBC Proms in 1991 and has since been invited a further three times. Robert King now divides his time between an increasingly busy international conducting schedule and work with his own orchestra. As guest conductor, he has performed with many distinguished orchestras and choirs such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Il Giardino Armonico, the Detroit, Houston and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, the Real Orquesta de Sevilla, Danish National Radio Chorus, Orquesta e Coro Cuidad de Madrid, Real Sinfonica de Galicia, Norrkopings Symfoniorkester, Uppsala Kammerorkester, The Orchestre d'Auvergne, Nederlands Kamerorkest, Israel Camerata, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Choir of New College Oxford, Tölzer Knabenchor, Swiss Radio Choir and Collegium Vocale Gent.
Robert King is regarded as a leading expert on the music of Henry Purcell. Alongside massive recording editions of the complete Odes and Welcome Songs, the Secular Solo Songs and Sacred Music, he has edited much of the composer's music, wrote a comprehensive biography of the composer and served as an artistic director of Wigmore Hall's Purcell Tercentenary Festival.