Artist Bio

Keith Robinson, cello

Cellist Keith Robinson is a founding member of the Miami String Quartet and has been active as a chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist since his graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music. Robinson has had numerous solo appearances with orchestras throughout the United States including the New World Symphony, the American Sinfonietta, and the Miami Chamber Symphony, and in 1989 he won the PACE Classical Artist of the Year Award. His most recent recording, released on Blue Griffin Records, features Mendelssohn’s complete works for cello and piano with his colleague Donna Lee. As a member of the Miami String Quartet, he has recorded for the BMG, CRI, Musical Heritage Society, and Pyramid recording labels. In 1992, the Miami String Quartet became the first string quartet in a decade to win First Prize of the Concert Artists Guild New York Competition. The Miami has also won recognition in competitions throughout the world, including the 1993 Evian Competition, 1991 London String Quartet Competition, and the 1989 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition (Grand Prize winner). In 2000 the quartet received the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award and was named to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program. Robinson regularly attends festivals across the United States, including Santa Fe, Kent/Blossom, Mostly Mozart, Bravo! Vail Valley, Savannah, and Virginia Arts. Highlights of recent seasons include performances in New York at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and engagements in Boston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Paul, and Philadelphia. International highlights include appearances in Bern, Cologne, Istanbul, Lausanne, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Paris. Keith Robinson hails from a musical family and his siblings include Sharon Robinson of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and Hal Robinson, Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He plays a Carlo Tononi cello made in Venice and dated 1725.

Keith Robinson will perform in Concert Program IV (July 27), Concert Program V (July 29 and 30), and Concert Program VII (August 4 and 6).