Donald Robinson

YEAR OF AWARD: 2014
AGE AT AWARD: 17
ARTFORMS: Cello , Music
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Biography

Glaswegian cellist Donald Robinson is one of Scotland's most gifted young musicians.  His extraordinary talent and and unique creativity extends to both his playing and his composition.

Donald studied at the Douglas Music Academy and has won prizes in the Glasgow Music Festival for solo, chamber and orchestral work.  As the Principal Cello in the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, he took part in projects with NYOS Futures and NYOS Camerata as well as collaborations with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Proms.  

In 2013, Donald made his concerto debut at the Perth Concert Hall playing the Saint-Saens Piano Concerto with the NYOS Juniors. He has also performed as part of the Sphere Concert Series in Glasgow with pianist Julia Lynch (see below).

Donald is tipped to become one of his generation's most important musical ambassadors.

How the Award Helped

Donald's Dewar Award enabled him to attend the Hochschule fur Kunste in Bremen where he was offered a place to study with the eminent cellist Alexander Baillie.



To be invited by Professor Baillie to study with him in Bremen is a wonderful opportunity for me and I am so grateful to the Dewar Arts Awards for making it possible.