A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Robert Howard began studying cello at age 12. He graduated from Rice University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has performed at festivals such as Tanglewood, Spoleto, Verbier, the Accademia Chigiana, and at the Sandor Vegh Academy in Prague. Howard won first prize in the Rome Festival Competition and has received grants from the Maggini and Virtu Foundations. He has performed in the Festival Internacional de Musica in Costa Rica, the Festival de Guadarama in Spain, and on the Mostly Mozart series in Lincoln Center. Locally, he has performed with American Bach Soloists, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, and the San Francisco Symphony. A frequent guest in many Bay Area chamber music series, Howard has also made concerto appearances with BARS Orchestra and Stanford Symphony. As a teacher, he has coached at San Francisco Conservatory, Stanford University, San Jose State University, and the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop.