25 October 2011
Robin began learning the cello at the age of 7. He won a Music Scholarship to Hampton School when he was 11 and in his final year at school he performed the Elgar Cello Concerto in the end-of-year concert. Torn between science and music, he decided upon an engineering degree at the University of Birmingham, but continued having cello lessons at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
He spent 6 years at Birmingham, studying for a BEng degree and then a PhD in Materials Science. During this time he played in a number of university orchestras and ensembles, and became involved in the University’s Contemporary Music Festival.
Robin joined the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra in 1998, becoming principal cello a few years later. Between 2000 and 2002 he took cello lessons again with Christopher Bunting, the internationally renowned teacher and performer who was himself a pupil of the great Pablo Casals. Robin enjoys playing chamber music whenever the opportunity arises.