Daring, versatile, charismatic and passionate, American violinist Robyn Bollinger is a young artist on the rise, carving out a career as a soloist and chamber musician. Recognized for her creativity, rich tones, emotional depth, and technical mastery, Ms. Bollinger has performed with orchestras and at festivals nationwide, among them the Boston Pops, the Grand Tetons Music Festival Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival.
Ms. Bollinger was awarded a prestigious 2016 Fellowship from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for her multimedia performance project entitled “CIACCONA: The Bass of Time,” a revolutionary concert model incorporating multi-media historical presentations and live personal narratives while telling the story of one of the oldest musical ideas – the repeating bass line – through solo violin music. She will tour the program in 2017-2018.
Following summer engagements with Midori’s Music Sharing International Community Engagement Program “ICEP” in Japan, performances at the Maui Classical Music Festival, Rockport Music Festival, Marlboro Festival, chamber music recitals in Japan’s Phoenix Hall, (Osaka), Oji Hall, (Tokyo), and Tokyo National Art’s Center, Ms. Bollinger’s 2016-17 season includes performances with A Far Cry, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival Young Trio Residency, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, and Music for Food (the national musician-led initiative for local hunger relief) as one of their Young Artist Fellows.
A sought after collaborator, Ms. Bollinger is a popular figure on the chamber music stage, both as a member of the renowned, Grammy-nominated Boston-based ensemble A Far Cry, and for her work at festivals and on chamber music series. A former member of the Newman String Quartet, which took the silver medal at the 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, she has served as a member of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival's Young Trio in Residence (2015), collaborated with the Jupiter Chamber Players at Lincoln Center, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, the Johannes Quartet, and members of the Borromeo and Cleveland quartets, among others.
Ms. Bollinger’s talent has been recognized with numerous awards, among them an Entrepreneurial Musicianship Grant from New England Conservatory for her ground-breaking “Project Paganini,” a performance project featuring all twenty-four Paganini Caprices. Ms. Bollinger has received top prizes at many international competitions, among them the International Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in France, and the Louis Spohr International Competition in Germany. She has been specially recognized with prizes for her performances of Bach and Beethoven at several competitions. Also a familiar voice on radio, Ms. Bollinger came to national attention through her 2014 residency on PRI’s “Performance Today” and several appearances on NPR's “From the Top.”
Born in Philadelphia and having made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut at age twelve, Robyn Bollinger was a recipient of the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master's degrees with honors. Her teachers have included Miriam Fried, Soovin Kim, and Paul Kantor. Ms. Bollinger plays a 1778 Joseph and Antonio Gagliano violin on generous loan from the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute Instrument Bank.
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