Robson has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a pianist with “one of
the great techniques," "an inquiring mind" and a performer capable of evoking
an "exquisite engulfing pastel haze," and he continues to impress with his
multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor and teacher.
Mr. Robson is equally comfortable in styles ranging from early music played on the harpsichord and organ to the great Romantic repertoire and beyond to contemporary piano works demanding theatrical participation from the performer. As a collaborative artist with singers and instrumentalists, he commands the respect of his peers in both the recital and chamber settings. He presents an annual recital for the LA series Piano Spheres and has performed for Jacaranda on numerous occasions. As an organist, he has also appeared as a soloist in the Minimalist Jukebox at Disney Hall and most recently has performed on the organ in Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl this past September.
After completing conservatory and university training, Mr. Robson amplified his musical studies with extensive study in Paris—where he was a pupil of Yvonne Loriod, wife of composer Olivier Messiaen—and through his involvement for fourteen years on the music staff of the Los Angeles Opera as an assistant conductor and assistant chorus master. During this time he worked with renowned international singers and conductors, gaining great insight into the lyric art. He has also been a musical assistant at the Salzburg and Spoleto (Italy) festivals. As a composer, Robson has been programmed on concerts in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Barcelona, and Paris. The Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra has premiered two of his orchestral works, Apollo Rising and Christmas Suite. Soprano Patricia Prunty has recorded his song cycle A Child of Air and the same piece was presented by Sari Gruber at the winter Ravinia Festival.
The recipient of several scholarships and awards (including the Certificate of Excellence from the Corvina Cultural Circle for artistic contributions to Hungary), Mark Robson has received degrees from the University of Southern California and Oberlin College. He joined the faculty of the Herb Alpert School of Music at Cal Arts in September 2007 as a voice and diction coach/collaborative arts professor. One of his most formidable musical projects in recent years has been the performance of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven, a year-and-a-half long endeavor expressed in eight concerts.