Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: making great music personal

Mark Robson

Recently lauded by the Los Angeles Times as a pianist with “one of the great techniquesâ€?, “an inquiring mindâ€? and a performer capable of evoking an “exquisite engulfing pastel haze,â€? Mark Robson continues to impress with his multi-faceted career as a soloist, conductor and composer. He is equally comfortable in styles ranging from early music played on the harpsichord and organ to the great Romantic repertoire and beyond to contemporary piano works demanding theatrical participation from the performer. Furthermore, in collaboration with singers and instrumentalists, he commands the respect of his peers whether it be as a recital accompanist or a chamber artist in larger ensembles. He is a regular artist on the Piano Spheres and Jacaranda series here in Los Angeles.

Mr. Robson has amplified his musical skills through extensive music study in Paris—where he was a pupil of Yvonne Loriod, widow of composer Olivier Messiaen—and through his involvement for fourteen years on the music staff of the LA Opera as an assistant conductor and assistant chorus master. During this time he worked with renowned international singers and conductors, gaining great insight into the lyric art. He has also been a musical assistant at the Salzburg and Spoleto (Italy) festivals. As a composer, Robson has been programmed on concerts in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Barcelona and Paris. The Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra has premiered two of his orchestral works, Apollo Rising and Christmas Suite. Soprano Patricia Prunty has recorded his song cycle A Child of Air and the same piece was presented by Sari Gruber at the winter Ravinia Festival.

The recipient of several scholarships and awards (including the Certificate of Excellence from the Corvina Cultural Circle for artistic contributions to Hungary), Mark Robson has received degrees from the University of Southern California and Oberlin College. This spring marks the completion of his first year as a coach and member of the collaborative arts program at Chapman University. A year-and-a-half-long project to present the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven was brought to fruition in April with the final program of an eight-part series.

Mark Robson

Photo: Gary Salazar

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