Geoffrey Robson currently serves as associate conductor and artistic advisor for 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. 

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

A champion of new music, he is a frequent contributor and collaborator with renowned composers and performers.

 

In 2015, he conducted world premieres of Richard III:   A Crown of Roses, A Crown of Thorns, an opera by Karen Griebling.  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

Robson is also an arranger and his works have been featured on the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's pops series concerts on numerous occasions.

 

As a violinist, he performs frequently on the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s popular River Rhapsodies chamber music series.

 

He is  increasingly sought after as a studio musician, known for his ability to play a wide variety of styles, and creating arrangements that realize an artist's vision. 

In addition to his roles with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, he frequently works with organizations in the community such as Ballet Arkansas,  Arkansas Children’s Theater, and Opera in the Rock.  He is currently music director of the Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra, and in 2013-2014, 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. 

Prior to his appointment with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, he served as concertmaster of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and assistant concertmaster of the Waterbury Symphony. 

Robson studied orchestral conducting at the Mannes College of Music in New York City under the tutelage of David Hayes and holds 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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