A sought after teacher, his students are prizewinners of many important regional, national and international competitions, including recently the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. Previously he lectured in violin, chamber music and pedagogy at the Australian Institute of Music while also being on the faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. He holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Performance and Pedagogy studying under Alice Waten and is currently completing a PhD from the University of Sydney on the historically informed performance of Brahms’s music. Robin enjoys a highly active performing career having established himself as a prominent violinist of his generation in Australasia. He has released two discs of violin encores (Decca/Universal Music, Ode Records), and Schubert’s complete sonatas for violin and piano (Ode Records), all of which have met with critical acclaim. The Schubert disc was nominated for ‘Best Classical Album’ at the 2009 New Zealand Music Awards. Robin has given acclaimed recitals throughout Australia, has performed in the USA and UK, and is broadcast frequently on the MBS-FM network and ABC Classic FM. He is Concertmaster of the ARCO Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as guest violinist with groups such as Nexus 2MBSFM Virtuosi and the Sydney Omega Ensemble. He also plays with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of the Antipodes.
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We asked Robin a few questions
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? Between 50mins (without an interval) & 2 hours (with an interval) – and preferably some food & wine nearby 😉
- When should we clap? Anywhere you feel you should – 18th & 19th century audiences also booed, whistled, ate, threw food, played cards, had sex, and drank during concerts. Bring back the opera-concert room mosh pits of early Sydney, Melbourne & Hobart we say – The Tap Room & Theatre Royal Concerts live on where the audience came back even rowdier after interval!!
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