Hailing from the city of Dublin in Ireland, Rob Kearns is an arts and music management professional with a special interest in technology and live event production. Most recently he has worked on live streamed performances for The Metropolitan Opera and Joyce Di Donato. As a project administrator and tour manager for Askonas Holt, one of the world’s leading arts management companies, Rob has produced shows for Sting, Sir Simon Rattle, Magdalena Kožená and the New York Philharmonic.
Rob has a track record for championing grassroots-level artists. He is the co-founder of Ensemble Music, a Dublin based music company with the aim of supporting Irish artists who take musical risks, while providing them with good business, marketing, and production support. It also operated as a record label. He has also spent a term as Developmental Officer for Improvised Music Company (IMC), an Arts Council funded resource for Irish musicians and a specialist music promoter for jazz and ethnic music in Ireland. Staying true to his Irish roots, Rob has also assisted composer Brian Byrne on the hit show Heartbeat of Home, from the producers of Riverdance.
Rob has dedicated much of his career to work on music education and youth projects. He trained as a classical guitarist with world renowned John Feeley and graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Music, after which he taught guitar in Irish local music schools. Throughout his time at university, he volunteered as an orchestrator, sound engineer and technical production manager for the entirely student-run Trinity Orchestra. In 2016, Rob was the creative producer and tour manager for Monster Music Improv, an innovative musical experience catering to families and children. The show was developed as complementary to school programming for ages 5+ and touched on many aspects of the Primary Level music curriculum.
Summer of 2018 saw the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz (National Youth Orchestra Jazz) programme, bringing young jazz musicians from across the US to study with jazz masters and undertake a European Tour. As technical production and tour manager, Rob worked on performances in Europe and Asia featuring trumpet player Sean Jones, jazz vocalists Dianne Reeves and Kurt Elling.
Rob supports the digital operations of the Benedetti Foundation and manages the database. He works alongside the team to deliver series of virtual sessions for musicians of all ages and stages from all over the world.
Rob devotes his free time to health and fitness. He is an accomplished runner and is currently in training for the 2021 edition of the London Triathlon.