Lauded by the Los Angeles Times as a pianist with “one of the great techniques” and “an inquiring mind,” Mark Robson has created a career which expresses his diverse interests as soloist, chamber artist, composer, and conductor. He has been on the music staff of the Los Angeles Opera since January of 1991, working as an assistant conductor and coach, and has been a musical assistant at the Salzburg and Spoleto (Italy) festivals. Robson’s music 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, which has been performed 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; several years of study in Paris embellished his musical training. He has been employed by USC, Chapman University, and the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts as a vocal coach and teacher. One of his most formidable musical projects was the performance of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven, a year-and-a-half-long endeavor expressed in eight concerts. In 2010 he will present his sixth performance of Messiaen’s cycle Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus.