Sharon Robinson (cellist)

Sharon Robinson (cellist)

Sharon Hall Robinson (born December 2, 1949) is an American cellist. She has had a highly successful performing career, both as a concert solo artist and as a member of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, and has recorded extensively. Robinson is widely regarded as one of the leading cellists of her generation.

Early life and musical training

Robinson was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Keith Robinson and Dorothe Fowler. Both parents were members of the Houston Symphony Orchestra: her father was the principal bassist, and her mother was a violinist. Sharon and all four of her siblings—bassist Hal, violinists Erica and Kim, and cellist Keith, Jr.—became professional string players with notable careers.

Sharon Robinson graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1968. She attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, from which she graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1972.


Sharon Robinson made her New York performance debut in 1974, collaborating with violinist/violist Jaime Laredo and pianist Samuel Sanders on a chamber music recital. Of her 1977 solo recital debut, which featured works of Beethoven, Britten, Crumb, and Rachmaninoff, the "New York Times" music critic Allen Hughes said, "she revealed an artistic personality that vitalized almost everything she played. . . . The cello tone glowed. . . the result was lovely. . . an impressive debut."

Robinson has performed as a soloist with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Helsinki, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and San Francisco; the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., and the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zürich; and the English, Scottish, and Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestras.

In 1977, Robinson and two colleagues, violinist Jaime Laredo and pianist Joseph Kalichstein, formed the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, a piano trio. The group, which has performed and recorded worldwide (while maintaining its original personnel), is considered among the finest chamber ensembles in existence.

Robinson has participated in numerous music festivals, incluing Aspen, Autumn (in Prague), Edinburgh, Granada, Madeira, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart (New York), South Bank (in London), and Spoleto. She has appeared on television programs including "Sunday Morning" and "The Kennedy Center Honors" (CBS), "The Today Show" and "The Tonight Show" (NBC), "Great Conversations in Music" (PBS), and "The Dick Cavett Show". She has taught privately and led master classes worldwide, and in 2005 was appointed to the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Among the many composers who have accepted commissions to write works for Robinson are Richard Danielpour, Katherine Hoover, Leon Kirchner, David Ott, Arvo Pärt, Daron Hagen, Ned Rorem, Stanley Silverman, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

Sharon Robinson's many awards include the Avery Fisher Recital Award, the Piatigorsky Memorial Award, and a Grammy nomination.


Sharon Robinson has been married since 1977 to her trio colleague, the eminent Bolivian-American violinist and violist Jaime Laredo.


Sharon Robinson's discography includes over a dozen recordings of solo and chamber music on the Arabesque, Bridge, Chandos, First Edition, Koch International, Sony Classical, and Vox labels. A detailed discography is available [ here] .


*Arts and Leisure Guide. "The New York Times", 17 November 1974.
* [ Harris Co. TX - Births, 1949]
*Musician Biographies: Sharon Robinson, Cellist: Great Conversations in Music ( [ link] )
*"Sharon Robinson, Cellist, Performs with Vitality" by Allen Hughes. "The New York Times", 13 November 1977.

External links

*Sharon Robinson [ official website]

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