Robin has been selected by the London Symphony Orchestra as one of four composers to take part in their Soundhub scheme, which will lead to a performance of a new work at LSO St. Luke’s on the 14th of July 2018 by members of the orchestra.
In August, Robin was awarded the Royal Academy of Music’s Eric Coates Prize for his orchestral piece Movado. On the 13th of September, his concert project ‘Hab ich verlernt!‘ will take place at the Royal Academy of Music, marking his final event there as a masters student. On the 28th of September, soprano Jessica Summers and pianist Jelena Makarova will perform the UK premiere of his song Humming-bird, as well as world premieres of Butterfly and When the Wind Blows Her Veil at All Saints Church in Hove. Robin continue to work on his piece Zorthern for Sound and Music’s Next Wave scheme, and looks forward to writing a new piece for clarinet and orchestra to be performed by East London Symphony Orchestra in the summer of 2018.
The last few weeks have seen the premieres of several new pieces: Die Nächte in Berlin for mezzo-soprano and ensemble (written in collaboration with Austrian writer Raphaela Edelbauer) was performed at ‘The Ditch’ in Shoreditch on the 15th of June, Humming-bird for voice and piano was performed at the National Opera Center in New York on the 23rd of June, and Ill-Tempered for two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart was performed by Duo Ex Libris on the 27th of June as part of the piano festival at the Royal Academy of music.
Robin is currently continuing work on his piece Zorthern for Accordionist Luke Carver Goss and members of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, which will be released on NMC Recordings and premiered in January 2018. In the meantime, he is planning a concert on the 13th of September at the Royal Academy of Music, that will include a new work for Pierrot ensemble, as well as existing pieces by Dmitri Smirnov, Philip Herschkowitz, and Anton Webern.
Robin has recently been selected as one of six young composers to participate in Sound and Music’s Next Wave 2 scheme. For this, he will write a piece for members of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Luke Carver Goss that will be performed at the Sage Gateshead, and released on NMC Recordings, in early 2018. Over the course of this project, he will be mentored by Errollyn Wallen.
Over the coming months, Robin will be working on numerous varied projects. In November, his new piece for Cello, Limoncello, will be featured in a private masterclass overseen by Magnus Lindberg and Anssi Karttunen. His choral piece, Thou Toad, Thou Toad will be performed by the Blossom Street Singers in a concert of new choral repertoire on the 13th of January 2017 at Regents Hall in London. Robin will also be collaborating with recorder player Tabea Debus (St. John’s Smith Square young artist 2015/16) on a piece for five recorder players, which will be performed at the Royal Academy of Music on the 24th of January 2017.
Later in 2017, Robin will be writing a dramatic piece to be performed in the basement of Shoreditch town hall, as well as a duo for accordion and viola, written for Diphonon Duo. Having studied with Edmund Finnis last year, Robin is now under the supervision of both Finnis and David Sawer for the remainder of his time at the Royal Academy of Music.
Robin has been given places on two summer courses, the Cheltenham Composer Academy, and Palendriai International Composers Course, both of which he will be attending. He will also be working on pieces for large orchestra, large ensemble, and solo Cello.
Robin has been shortlisted for the NCEM Composers Award for the second year in a row. His new piece for Lute and Tenor, Three Littul Ayres will be performed in York on the 12th of May.