Frear is one of Southern Californias busiest freelance trumpeters. He has performed as Principal Trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Opera Pacific, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Orange County's Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, San Diego Symphony, New West Symphony and others. When the American Ballet Theater, Royal Opera (Covent Garden), Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Stuttgart Ballet, Moscow Classical Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet have toured Southern California he has often been engaged as First Trumpet. He has appeared as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, Downey Symphony, Santa Maria Philharmonic, and the Ventura County Festival Orchestra, and was featured soloist on the soundtrack for the film "Today's Life."
Formerly Solo Trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, Rob has received critical acclaim throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, and the former Soviet Union. In a concert in Rio de Janiero, he played the Haydn Trumpet Concerto to an open-air crowd of over 300,000. He also held the Associate Principal post with the Tucson Symphony and was Guest Principal with the Mälmo, Sweden, Symphony in the spring of 1991.
Rob received a Bachelor of Arts degree (French) from California State University, Long Beach (1981) and a Master of Music (Trumpet Performance) degree from the University of Southern California (2003).