Head of Chamber Music & Senior Viola Tutor
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Robin Ireland is Head of Chamber Music and Senior Viola Tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire and also teaches regularly on the Cadenza International Summer School, and on Pro Corda courses. During 2011 he was chamber music coach at the Yehudi Menuhin School.
Robin studied at Cambridge University and at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. He was violist with the celebrated Lindsay String Quartet between 1985 and 2005, and then with the Primrose Piano Quartet until 2014. He now performs as a soloist and chamber musician, particularly with Anton Stadler Trio and with his Duo partner, Tim Horton. As a soloist, he has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Liverpool Philharmonic and the London Mozart Players, and has in his repertoire all the major works for viola. His orchestral experience includes working as guest principal viola with the CBSO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, RLPO and Opera North.
Robin is also a composer. His String Quartet was premiered and recorded by the Lindsay String Quartet in 2005, alongside three Duos for Viola with violin, cello and a second viola. His set of 12 Viola Etudes were published by Spartan Press in 2014. A short piece for six violas, The Deviant Jig, was premiered in November 2014 at the International Viola Congress in Portugal.
Robin has recorded CDs of unaccompanied Bach transcriptions, (Quartz Records), the Shostakovich Sonata for Viola and Piano (with Tim Horton, on Nimbus) and the two Brahms Sonatas for Viola and Piano alongside Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata, also with Tim Horton on Nimbus. He plays on an Amati viola made in the early 1600s.