Geoffrey Robson, Associate Conductor
Geoffrey Robson has been the Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra since 2008. He has designed and conducted many of the orchestra.s subscription series concerts, as well as its children.s concerts and special events. As conductor, last season he worked with guest artists such as the Beach Boys, Lawrence Hamilton, Timothy Jones, Henrietta Davis, Christiane Noll, Doug LaBrecque, and Calvin Lee. He also performs as a violinist, frequently appearing in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.s popular River Rhapsodies chamber series and directing educational outreach to schoolchildren across the state. In addition, Robson writes and produces At the Symphony, a concert preview radio series on KLRE Classical 90.5 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Robson studied orchestral conducting at the Mannes College of Music in New York City under the tutelage of David Hayes. He has twice attended the London Conducting Workshop, an annual course at the Royal College of Music in London, and has guest-led several chamber orchestras in the New York area. In 2006, he became a founding member of the Chelsea Symphony, a bold experiment in the structuring of an arts organization, based in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Robson conducted in the inaugural concert of the Chelsea Symphony, and has since conducted numerous other concerts with the ensemble, including world premieres of two works by composer Ryan Chase.
Robson completed his MM at Yale University in 2004, studying violin performance with Erick Friedman. In Connecticut, he served as co-concertmaster of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and assistant concertmaster of the Waterbury Symphony. Robson also worked as a public schoolteacher in New Haven, CT, and has taught violin, piano, viola, and music theory extensively as a private teacher.
Robson graduated from the honors college at Michigan State University in 2002, studying violin with Dmitri Berlinsky and conducting with Leon Gregorian.