Born in 1976 Robin Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr and later with Ferenc Rados. He is principal cellist in the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and solo cellist with Orchestre Les Siecles (Paris). He also regularly guests as principal cellist with orchestras such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, RTE Concert Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, English National Opera and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Robin was the cellist in the Fidelio Trio for over ten years with whom he toured Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa, recording and commissioning extensively. He has also appeared in collaboration with the Dante and Eroica quartets.
Highlights in his discography include the world premier recording of Joe Cutler’s cello concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra (NMC), Vivaldi concertos with Barocksolisten München (Hänssler Classics), the first recording of the original version of Mendelssohn’s Octet on period instruments (Resonus) and Fidelio Trio recordings on Naxos, NMC, Métier and Delphian records.
Recent concert highlights include complete Bach and Britten suite cycles in France and London, the South Korean premier of Jonathan Harvey’s Advaya for cello and electronics, the UK premier of Steve Reich’s cello counterpoint, both Haydn concertos at the Spier festival in South Africa as well as festival appearances in Buenos Aires, Library of Congress in Washington, and European festivals including Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and St Magnus.
Robin is founder and co-artistic director alongside Daniel Tong of the Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival in Scotland which takes place every April and was recently elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).