Geoffrey Robson

geoffreyrobson 1Associate Conductor

Geoffrey Robson has been the Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and the Music Director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles since 2012. He has conducted many critically acclaimed performances with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, including sold-out pops concerts, masterworks series, educational programs, and chamber orchestra concerts. He is known in the community as a collaborator, having built lasting relationships with organizations such as Ballet Arkansas, the Arkansas Children’s Theater, the University of Central Arkansas, and Hendrix College. In 2013-2014 he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Central Arkansas, a position that includes conducting the Conway Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with guest artists such as Midori, Rachel Barton Pine, Vadym Kholodenko, Alexander Markov, Christiane Noll, Calvin Lee, and the Beach Boys. In addition, Robson writes and produces At the Symphony, a concert preview radio series on KLRE Classical 90.5 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Geoffrey completed his M.M. at Yale University in 2004, studying violin performance with Erick Friedman. He also studied conducting at Yale with Lawrence Leighton Smith, Edward Cumming, and Shinik Hahm. While in Connecticut, he served as co-concertmaster of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and assistant concertmaster of the Waterbury Symphony. Robson also spent time working as a public schoolteacher in New Haven, CT, and has taught violin and viola extensively as a private instructor.

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 the International Conducting Festival and Workshop in Zlin, Czech Republic, where he studied with Larry Rachleff.

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. In 2015, he conducted three world premieres, including scenes from Richard III: A Crown of Roses, A Crown of Thorns, a new opera by Karen Griebling, as well as original music to accompany a shadow play adaptation of the fairy tale The Ugly Duckling. In 2016 he guest-conducted the San Juan Symphony of Durango, CO, in a program that included the world premiere of Jim Stephenson's Concerto for Hope.

Robson graduated from the Honors College at Michigan State University in 2002, where he studied violin performance with Dmitri Berlinsky and I-fu Wang, and conducting with Leon Gregorian. He continues to performas a violinist, frequently appearing in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s popular River Rhapsodies chamber music series.

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