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Mary Kay Robinson, flute

 
    Internationally acclaimed flutist and winner of numerous solo and chamber music competitions, Mary Kay Robinson has risen to national prominence as a versatile musician, balancing roles as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, teacher, coach and consultant. She has been a featured soloist at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Southern Tier Symphony (NY), the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and the Akron Symphony. “Lustrous tone”, ...“dazzling virtuosity...a hugely talented and exciting soloist” critics heralded of her New York solo debut, where she performed two concerti on two different instruments on the same program. She is a frequent guest artist and has toured with the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Buffalo, Toledo, and Kansas City. Other orchestras include Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Red {an orchestra}, New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, Blossom Festival Orchestra and Band, Akron Symphony, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and the Playhouse Square Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors Bernard Haitink, Jahja Ling, Charles Dutoit, Mark Elder, JoAnne Folletta, David Robertson, Keith Lockhart, Hans Graf and Paul Polivnick in concert halls throughout the United States and Europe.
    As a visionary and entrepreneur, Robinson founded the Greater Cleveland Flute Society, Chamber Music Connection, CLV!, The CASE for Adult Chamber Music at Case Western Reserve University and the prize winning mixed chamber ensemble Panorámicos, whose three CD’s have garnered critical acclaim, including “Editor’s Choice” and “Top Pick of North America” by the British Classical Music Journal Gramophone. A champion of new music, Robinson has commissioned, premiered and recorded many new works featuring the flute, piccolo and alto flute in solo and chamber capacities, as well as mixed instrumentation chamber music with voice. She enjoys a diverse musical career of performing and recording, collaborations with composers and work guiding aspiring musicians. She is a frequently featured soloist on many instruments in the flute family including piccolo, alto flute, penny whistle, recorder and panpipes.
    Festivals include the New Hampshire Music Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, the Grand Teton Festival and the Odenwald Festspiele, Germany. She is the former Chair of the National Flute Association’s Piccolo Committee and Piccolo Artist Competition. Currently on the faculties of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music and previously, Ithaca College and the University of Akron. Her students include many competition winners and highly distinguished performers, she is a frequent clinician and judge for competitions.
Certified in Executive Leadership through the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, Robinson’s Executive Coaching practice focuses on executive leadership, performance and career coaching with professionals and college students, utilizing research in cognitive neuroscience, performance and sports psychology, building towards excellence and success through health and wellness.
    Robinson is Executive Director of Music from Angel Fire and Panorámicos, Director of the Bascom Little Fund, and does coaching and consulting with artists, arts organizations and foundations throughout the United States. Her teachers and mentors include George Pope, Martha Aarons, Jeffrey Khaner, John Mack, Franklin Cohen, Jack Wellbaum and William Hebert.