Geoffrey Robson currently serves as interim artistic director and associate conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Ensembles, and conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra.

 

During his tenure in Arkansas, he has conducted critically acclaimed and sold-out masterworks, pops, chamber, and educational concerts throughout the state. 

He produces and writes At the Symphony, a concert preview radio series on KLRE Classical 90.5 in Little Rock.

 

He frequently collaborates with organizations in the community such as Ballet Arkansas, Arkansas Children’s Theater, Opera in the Rock, the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock, and many local choral groups. He is currently on the faculty of Hendrix College and since 2017, has served as artistic director of the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival, a summer concert series and two-week intensive chamber music camp. In 2013-2014, he served as visiting assistant professor of music at the University of Central Arkansas, and conductor of the Conway Symphony Orchestra.  

He has worked with renowned artists Midori, Rachel Barton Pine, Vadym Kholodenko, Alexander Markov, Christiane Noll, Calvin Lee,  and the Beach Boys. He regularly brings emerging world-class talent to Little Rock to entertain audiences and to educate and inspire young musicians.

A champion of new music, he collaborates with and explores the music of renowned living composers. In 2016, he conducted the premiere of James Stephenson's Concerto for Hope with celebrated trumpeter, Ryan Anthony and the San Juan (Colorado) Symphony. Recently, he conducted the premiere of Into the Beautiful North, by Joe Brent, performed by the trio, 9 Horses. He has promoted works by composers with Arkansas connections such as Jeremy Crosmer and Karen Griebling.

 

Robson is also an orchestral arranger and his works have been featured on the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's pops series concerts on numerous occasions. Additionally, he writes string arrangements for recording artists to assist them in achieving their musical goals in the studio.

As a violinist, he performs frequently on the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s popular River Rhapsodies chamber music series, often sharing the stage with principal members of the orchestra. Prior to his appointment in Arkansas, he served as concertmaster of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and assistant concertmaster of the Waterbury Symphony. Recognized for his skill and versatility, he is increasingly sought after as a studio musician.

Robson studied orchestral conducting at the Mannes College of Music in New York City under the tutelage of David Hayes and holds violin performance degrees from Yale University and the Michigan State University Honors College. Primary violin teachers include Erick Friedman, Dmitri Berlinsky,  and I-fu Wang.

He studied conducting at Yale University with Lawrence Leighton Smith, Edward Cumming, and Shinik Hahm. Other notable teachers include Leon Gregorian, John Farrer, Neil Thomson, and Larry Rachleff.

Copyright © Geoffrey Robson 2019

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