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Nathaniel Robinson, Rising Violinist, Makes Waves in the Music World

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Nathaniel Robinson on stage at the Blossom Music Center before performing in the Cleveland Orchestra (August 2023). Photo Credit: Alexandra Calabro.

Strings of Magic: Nathaniel Robinson's Captivating Violin Journey

NEW YORK, NY, USA, August 9, 2023/ -- Nathaniel Robinson, an exceptionally gifted violinist is creating ripples in the world of music, drawing admiration for his extraordinary talent and artistry. At the tender age of ten, Robinson unveiled his musical gifts by delivering a captivating solo performance of Niccolò Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 alongside the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. This early display of virtuosity showcased not only his remarkable skill but also his deep connection with the music itself.

Robinson completed his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, and upon graduating from high school, he was accepted into Yale University's Master’s degree program, where he studied with the renowned violinist Erick Friedman. This lineage, which can be traced back to the legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz, a teacher of Erick Friedman, has inspired a profound cultivation of technical precision and old-world violinistic style in Robinson’s playing that sets him apart from many other modern-day violinists within the classical music sphere. Robinson's approach to his art further reinforces this distinction, as he chooses to embrace time-honored techniques inspired by the human voice such as portamento, employing the use of gut strings as opposed to the more conventional synthetic core strings of today, and playing the instrument without a shoulder rest. These deliberate choices not only showcase his commitment to an older style of playing but also contribute to a rich and resonant sound reminiscent of earlier generations of violinists.

Robinson's pursuit of knowledge extends beyond the realm of music, as he currently embarks on an undergraduate degree at Columbia University, majoring in History and Business Management. Despite the demands of academia, Robinson's dedication to his musical passion remains steadfast and unwavering.

In a stroke of serendipity, seven years ago Robinson acquired a rare violin crafted by Felice Guadagnini in 19th-century Turin, Italy. Coupled with this violin is the second to last bow ever made by the renowned French bow maker Eugène Sartory, just before his death in 1946. The harmonious marriage of Robinson's talent with these exquisite instruments led to him being featured in Strings Magazine's Autumn 2021 issue, solidifying his reputation as a young luminary in the classical music sphere.

The summer of 2023 brought another remarkable milestone, as Robinson found himself performing in the prestigious Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Center. The collective musical brilliance of the revered ensemble was a thrilling experience that inspired him to strive for greater heights in his own craft. "Performing in the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom was a tremendous honor. The dedication and synergy among the musicians were incredibly inspiring, urging me to elevate my own level of playing," Robinson shared, reflecting on this awe-inspiring opportunity.

In essence, Nathaniel Robinson's journey embodies a fusion of talent, dedication, and a profound appreciation for the timeless beauty of music, as he continues to leave an indelible imprint on the musical world with his performances.

Isabella Ravenwood
Hudson Music Corporation
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Nathaniel Robinson playing Niccolò Paganini’s Moto Perpetuo