Salon 2018-05-19 — Robert Simonds, Violin

Saturday May 19, 2018 7:00 PM in Sterling

Robert Simonds

Solo Violin Recital


Aria (1996)                                                                       Kenji Bunch (1973-)
Prelude in G Minor (late 1600’s)                               Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Passacaglia (1676)                                        Heinrich Ignaz Biber (1644-1704)
Dissolve, O my Heart  (2011)                                Missy Mazzoli (1980-)
Blue Swell (2012)                                                             Molly Joyce (1992-)
Meadowmountetudes #1 (1988)                                   Samuel Adler (1928-)
Music for Violin (2015)                                                    Daniel Gilliam (1978-)
Witches of Vardo (2015)                                                   Alexis Bacon (1975-)
Lonely Suite (2002)                                                          Lena Auerbach (1973)
Ford’s Farm (2012)                                                    Mason Bates (1977-)
Until Next Time (2006)                                                   Kenji Bunch (1973-)

Violinist Robert Simonds has a multifaceted career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, and solo recitalist. Interested in contemporary music for as long as he can remember, his solo performances balance the kinetic and colorful music of today with Americana and Baroque traditions.

Rob is the principal second violin of the Louisville Orchestra and a member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA. He began his orchestral career with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra followed by a longtime position with The Phoenix Symphony.

Small ensemble collaborations with musicians such as Rhiannon Giddens, Joe Pug, Ben Sollee, Tobie Milford and The Low Anthem have been especially gratifying. Recent highlights have been string quartet performances at the Forecastle Festival backing up My Morning Jacket and Alabama Shakes.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rob began studying the violin at a young age with his grandmother. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, he earned two degrees in violin performance, studying with Dr. Won-Bin Yim and Dorothy Delay. His violin is from Reggio Emilia in northern Italy, made by Mario Bedocchi in 1927.

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