Born in 1976, Robin Michael studied at the the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr and subsequently with Truls Mork, Steven Isserlis and Ferenc Rados. Following a critically acclaimed South Bank recital debut in 2003 he has been much in demand as soloist and chamber musician
Robin is principal cello of the Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique and regular guest principal of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, English National Opera, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Les Sciecles and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Michael devotes much of his time to contemporary music and has worked with composers such as Ligeti, Kurtag, Ferneyhough, Maxwell Davies and Birtwistle on their cello works. Recent premiers include Joe Cutler's cello concerto, the U.K premier of Steve Reich's Cello Counterpoint as well as concertos by Roxburgh and Finnissy. He will premier a new concerto by Philip Cashian with the Trondheim Soloists in the 2011/12 season.
Recent concert highlights include touring South Africa with both Haydn concertos, complete Bach and Britten suite cycles at Wilton's Hall, London and the Korean premiere of Harvey's Advaya for cello and electronics. Festival appearances include Regello (Italy), Ochrid (Macedonia), Musica Contemporania (Buenos Aires), Spier (South Africa), Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Huddersfield Festivals and Library of Congress (Washington).
Robin regularly appears with chamber groups such as the Dante Quartet, Eroica Quartet, Lonatano, Gemini and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. As a past member of Fidelio, Robin toured Europe, Asia and South Africa, and premiered trios by Sciarrino, Nyman, Rolf Hind, Takemitsu and Volans.
Recordings include the Cutler Concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra (NMC records), Ginastera complete cello works (Lorelt), Hallgrimsson chamber works (Delphian), 'Bulb' a disc of contemporary Irish piano trios (NMC) Dorothy Ker's solo cello works (Lorelt), Scottish piano trios- Beamish, Weir and Osborne (Delphian), Nyman complete trios (MN records), 'From Vienna'- Trios by Schoenberg, Korngold, Zemlinsky (NAXOS) and the first recording of the original version of the Mendelssohn Octet on period instruments. Forthcoming recordings include Philip Cashian's new concerto on NMC records.
Robin plays on a cello made for him by the young german luthier Stephan von Baehr 2010.