Robin Colvill is one of the busiest and most popular pianists performing in Britain and Europe today. What makes Colvill’s career markedly different from other concert pianists is his creative and imaginative programming and the diversity of venues where he performs. Recent solo concert tours have seen him playing in the 3000-seater Havana Opera House (Cuba), the Heraklion Festival (Crete), Tenerife and Corfu Festivals , Residenz and Festung Castle (Salzburg), Valldemosa (Majorca), the Manoel Theatre (Malta), the Governor’s Residence Gibraltar, Jameos Caves (Lanzarote) and in the Concert Halls of Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados . Robin also gives masterclasses and has appeared on British, German, Austrian and Spanish TV and radio.
Colvill began his studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and continued in Italy at the Accademica Chigiana , Siena. He subsequently won a three-year scholarship to the Salzburg Mozarteum to study with Professor Hans Leygraf and there he became one of the first British musicians to gain the coveted Konzert Diploma . Following exceptionally well-received debuts in both Salzburg and Vienna, he was immediately appointed Guest Professor of Piano Studies at the Carl Orff Institute in Salzburg and began his career in solo and chamber music performance.
At home he has performed at major festivals, including Arundel, Aldeburgh, Bath, Brighton, Newbury, Lichfield and the City of London. He has performed for members of the Royal family and a celebrity audience at Highclere Castle, given numerous recitals for the National Trust and in the major concert venues of London, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall , Purcell Rooms , and St. John’s Smith Square . Elsewhere there have been concerts in The Merchant’s House Glasgow, Culzean Castle in Scotland, Winchester and Chichester cathedrals , The Athenaeum Bury St. Edmunds, The Brewhouse Theatre Taunton, Somerset House London and in educational venues such as the famous Menuhin and Chethams Music Schools and Warwick, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Queens, and Liverpool Universities.
Colvill has worked in the UK and abroad with eminent musicians such as Nigel Kennedy, Jacqueline du Pre , Pinchas Zuckerman and Lynn Harrell . He has also partnered the celebrated French violinist, Isabelle Flory on many tours of Britain and Europe and has been a popular guest artist with the Paris Arpeggione Quartet , the Salzburg String Sextet , and the Salzburg Residenz Solisten . In Britain he has appeared with the highly acclaimed Maginni, Alberni and Coull string quartets and Principals of the BBC Symphony Orchestra . He also performs with the great British baritone, John Morgan .
Interest in his absorbing programmes has led to extensive media coverage, including articles in Classic FM and Classical Music magazines. One particularly successful and unique project was the amazing re-enactment of the Liszt Grand Tours of 1840/41, when Robin and his wife Kim, as narrator, performed in all the 73 different towns and cities in England, Ireland and Scotland that had played host to Liszt. Another highly successful project was a ten-County tour with his programme “The Life & Times of Edvard Grieg” featuring British mezzo soprano, Susan Legg.
Robin continues to enjoy a busy and fulfilling career, with extended tours in the UK and abroad and is also a Headline Classical Artist on luxury cruise lines, including Cunard. He is in constant demand in Norway, Denmark, Spain and Austria and returns each year with his innovative concert programmes.
Robin Colvill is a Steinway Artist