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The official website of a cellist from Brisbane, Australia.
Currently in: Brisbane, Australia.


From australia to the arctic

Australia’s Rob Knaggs is a cellist and composer living in Canada’s sub-arctic. Taking inspiration from the fascinating and freezing environment that is alive with wild polar bears, beluga whales, and northern lights, Rob uses his cello and live looping technology to create chilling oceanic soundscapes.

Rob’s affinity with the ocean and whales saw him following his dream to play cello among the thousands of chirping beluga whales that reside in the western Hudson Bay. The footage of this performance went viral across social media, demonstrating the desire for humans to engage with animals. This interaction with whales led Rob Knaggs to collaborate with the ocean conservation society, Sea Shepherd, where he performed with migrating humpback whales on Australia’s Gold Coast to promote ocean health and the preservation of marine life.

Knaggs’ debut, Up the Middle, is an instrumentally dynamic ode to Churchill, Manitoba. Impressed by the record’s ambition and concept, Travel Manitoba, the province’s leading tourism promoter, hand selected Rob Knaggs to perform alongside Winnipeg visual artist, Kal Barteski, to represent Manitoba at tourism galas in New York City, Winnipeg and Calgary.

2018 will see the release of a new EP and Rob's return to Churchill after wintering in Winnipeg. Rob is currently the musician in residence at Churchill Wild's internationally recognised NatGeo lodge, Seal River.

Audiences across Australia and North America have been captivated by Rob Knaggs’ performance of cinematic soundtrack, post-rock, and ethereal whale song.


"Rob Knaggs will make you feel as though you are gliding through the deep dark ocean alongside the magnificent graceful whales. It's a dream, come share in it."
Savannah Wild

"In the spirit of making the most of it, I stuck around the Chai Tent to watch Cellist Rob Knaggs deliver an incredible instrumental performance of “Up the Middle”. The title and music of Knaggs’ set were inspired by his fascinating experiences playing the cello to whales at sea. With the tent light only by a cello decked out with fairy lights, Knaggs ended his set with his arrangement of Flying Whales. The symphonic yet serene music created an atmosphere so ambient he received a standing ovation."
Danielle O’Neill - AAA Backstage

performance dates


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Up the Middle

by Rob Knaggs

Rob Knaggs debut, 2017

performed by
Rob Knaggs,
Julia Kourtidis,
Marcus McLachlan.

Recorded by Alex Miller
in Brisbane, Australia

Mastered by Lawrence English

Album art by Kal Barteski

Available in full at robknaggs.bandcamp.com