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Robin Browning


‘Unlike many conductors, [Robin] possesses innate and totally convincing authority together with an admirable sense of structure. It was a rare pleasure to make music with such an assured and very gifted musician’ John Lill, Pianist

‘An expert musician and conductor’ Sir Charles Mackerras

‘I hugely enjoyed performing with Robin Browning. He is an excellent communicator, a great musician and he exercised real control over the orchestra’ Craig Ogden, Guitarist

Robin Browning is an established conductor, performer and music-educator. Praised as an “expert musician & conductor” by Sir Charles Mackerras, he is a passionate advocate for music and for the arts in general. Since making his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Barbican, Robin has conducted the Hallé, English Northern Philharmonia, Northern Sinfonia, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, St Petersburg Festival Orchestra, and Estonian National Youth Orchestra. He made his US debut in 2011 with the Boise Philharmonic, and recently assisted Sakari Oramo for the UK Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Since taking second prize in the NAYO Conducting Competition, and winning the inaugural Boosey & Hawkes Award at the Edinburgh Festival, Robin is now firmly established as music director of three British orchestras – the highly-regarded de Havilland Philharmonic, Havant Chamber Orchestra and SÓN, a brand new professional orchestra founded by Robin. SÓN’s inaugural concert – ‘Sibelius Unwrapped’ presented by Robin and pianist David Owen Norris – took place at Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton, the orchestra’s home, in November 2015. Since their debut season, the orchestra has swiftly garnered a reputation for excellence with their vibrant, virtuosic and innovative performances and cutting edge programming.

Robin has performed in some of the world’s most famous concert halls, including Snape Maltings, London’s Cadogan Hall, the Rudolfinum in Prague, and the Banff Centre in Canada. In 2008, Robin gave a concert at the Olympic Stadium, Nanjing, conducting live on Chinese television before an audience of 70 million. He has worked with a wide array of soloists, including Guy Johnston, Aled Jones, Jack Liebeck, John Lill, Craig Ogden and Raphael Wallfisch.

Robin studied at the Accademia Chigiana, Siena, with Myung-Whun Chung and the legendary Ilya Musin. He furthered his training in the USA with Joseph Gifford, and was invited to Estonia for masterclasses with Neeme and Paavo Järvi at the Oistrakh Festival. Robin also studied with Sir Charles Mackerras, Sian Edwards and Benjamin Zander, and participated in the first ever Conductor Development Programme with Milton Keynes City Orchestra in 2012.

Passionately committed to the training of younger musicians, Robin has guest-conducted orchestras at both Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Guildhall School of Music, and works regularly with young conductors at the University of Southampton. In 2008 he was involved in the Barbican Young Orchestra project, preparing the inaugural orchestra for Sir Colin Davis. Robin is also dedicated to contemporary music and recordings: since making his first professional studio-recording in 2008, he has released three more – all are available from iTunes and Amazon.

Last updated: 27 Jan 18
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