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Paula Robison

Biography

Born: June 8, 1941; Nashville, TN  
Sometimes known as "the first lady of the flute," Paula Robison has been an energetic and visible ambassador for her instrument as well as a gifted performer. She was born in Nashville but moved to California when she was young. Her first instrument was the piano, but she took up the flute at age 11 and eight years later entered the Juilliard School. While still at Juilliard she performed with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein and Read more made her New York recital debut. She graduated in 1963 and went on to study with the legendary Marcel Moyse at the Marlboro Festival in Vermont. After becoming the first American to win the top prize at Switzerland's Geneva International Competition in 1966, she performed in recital and with major orchestras in the U.S. and internationally. Her repertoire is broad, and her collaborators have ranged from Baroque-oriented groups like I Solisti Veneti to New York's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra to the New World Symphony, with whom she has often performed Berio's Sequenza I. She has also commissioned and premiered works by Leon Kirchner, Robert Beaser, Toru Takemitsu, and Oliver Knussen.

One of those rare performers with a gift for organizational leadership, Robison became a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1969 and held the title of artist-member there for 20 years. She and her husband, violist Scott Nickrenz, became co-artistic directors of chamber music at the Spoleto Festival of Two World in Spoleto, Italy, and Charleston, SC, in 1977 and later at the festival's Melbourne, Australia, branch. Achieving a degree of visibility uncommon among classical musicians, Robison has been profiled on CBS television's Sunday Morning and PBS' Live from Lincoln Center. She has been the subject of feature articles in such varied publications as The New York Times, Esquire, People, Women Who Rock, Musical America (where she was named "Musician of the Month"), and Ovation.

Active as a teacher at the New England Conservatory and other institutions in recent years, Robison has also undertaken several innovative recording projects in middle age. She has cultivated a strong interest in Brazilian music of all kinds, touring with Brazilian classical musicians, forming an ensemble called Brasileirinho that was devoted to the popular chôro dance genre, and, in the 2003-2004 season, performing her own transcriptions of Vivaldi's Four Seasons violin concertos for flute, strings, guitar, harpsichord organ, and Brazilian percussion. She is also the author of several books. Read less
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  • 1.
    Beaser: Mountain Songs / Paula Robison, Eliot Fisk
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2560 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward MacDowell,  A. Richards,  Stephen Foster,  Armando "Chick" Corea  ... 
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk,  Paula Robison
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    Concert - Chamber Music Of Leon Kirchner
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1177 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leon Kirchner
    Performer:  Jules Eskin,  Malcom Lowe,  Gilbert Kalish,  Corey Cerovsek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
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    Lei Liang: Brush-stroke, Etc / Drury, Robison, Arditti String Quartet, Callithumpian Consort, Et Al
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 210 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lei Liang
    Performer:  Takae Ohnishi,  Chien-Kwan Lin,  Paula Robison,  Aleck Karis
    Conductor:  Stephen Drury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet,  Callithumpian Consort
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    Places Of The Spirit-the Holy Land: Music And Images Inspired By Israel
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 610 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Howard Hanson,  Robert Lowry,  John Jacob Niles  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Robison
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    Mountain Songs - Beaser, Macdowell, Richards, Foster, Corea / Paula Robison, Eliot Fisk
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 5173217 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Beaser,  Edward MacDowell,  A. Richards,  Stephen Foster  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Robison,  Eliot Fisk
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    Paula Live! - Liebermann, Kirchner, Prokofiev, Frazelle / Robison, Thibaudet, Kataoka, Bronfman, Hester
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 1038 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Liebermann,  Leon Kirchner,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Kenneth Frazelle
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Paula Robison,  Ayano Kataoka,  Yefim Bronfman  ... 
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  • 7.
    The Art Of Paula Robison
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 123 Release Date: 07/22/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Robison,  Heidi Lehwalder,  Scott Nickrenz,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Trio
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    Poulenc: Sextour, Flute Sonata, Oboe Sonata
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 88044 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Charles Wadsworth,  Leonard Arner,  Paula Robison,  Gervase de Peyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
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    Bach: Flute Sonatas / Paula Robison, John Gibbons
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 1036 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  John Gibbons,  Paula Robison
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    American Masterworks / Paula Robison, Timothy Hester
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 5184518 Release Date: 12/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roy Harris,  Aaron Copland,  Robert Beaser,  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Timothy Hester,  Paula Robison
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    Feldman: Viola In My Life, Etc / Blum, Williams, Feldman
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80657 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Feldman
    Performer:  David Tudor,  Karen Phillips,  Seymour Barab,  Paula Robison  ... 
    Conductor:  Morton Feldman
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    Grieg, Andersen / Paula Robison, Samuel Sanders
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 1035 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Karl Joachim Andersen
    Performer:  Paula Robison,  Samuel Sanders
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    By The Old Pine Tree / Paula Robison
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 1034 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Foster,  Sidney Lanier
    Performer:  John Feeney,  Calvin Wiersma,  Krista Bennion-Feeney,  Paula Robison  ... 
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    Duos From Marlboro - Schubert, Prokofiev / Serkin, Et Al
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9203 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Leon Kirchner
    Performer:  Paula Robison,  Rudolf Serkin,  Daniel Phillips,  Peter Zazofsky  ... 
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    Mozart In Love / Paula Robison
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 1033 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Paula Robison,  Mark Gainer
    Conductor:  Bundit Ungrangsee
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
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    Paula Robison - One Hundred Roses
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 1032 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gioachino Rossini,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Eduardo Di Capua  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Robison
    Conductor:  David Stahl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
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    Berio: The Complete Sequenzas
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 161 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Rohan de Saram,  Stefan Hussong,  Noriko Shimada,  Seth Josel  ... 
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    French Masterpieces For Flute And Piano - Faure, Boulanger, Ravel, Poulenc / Robison, Laredo
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 69160 Release Date: 04/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Lili Boulanger,  Maurice Ravel,  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Ruth Laredo,  Paula Robison
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    Brasileirinho / Robison
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1837 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Altamiro Carrilho,  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Hermeto Pascoal,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Tiberio Nascimento,  Stanley Silverman,  Romero Lubambo,  Cyro Baptista  ... 
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    Carmen Fantasy / Paula Robison
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1615 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Fernande Le Borne,  Henri Dutilleux,  Claude Paul Taffanel  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Paula Robison
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    Marlboro Music Festival: Beethoven, Dvorak, Janacek / Serkin, Schneider
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89200 Release Date: 07/18/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  David Evitts,  Sanford Sylvan,  Nan Nall  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Schneider,  Peter Serkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Marlboro Festival Chorus
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  • 22.
    American Masters - William Schuman: Judith, Etc
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 791 Release Date: 01/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Schuman
    Performer:  Paula Robison,  Scott Nickrenz,  Heidi Lehwalder,  Rosalind Rees
    Conductor:  David Effron,  Jon Goldberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Philharmonia,  Endymion Ensemble,  Orpheus Trio
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    Boston Musica Viva Plays Schwanter, Ives, Berio, Et Al
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1011 Release Date: 12/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Donald Harris,  Mario Davidovsky,  Luciano Berio,  Charles Ives  ... 
    Performer:  Evelyn Zuckerman,  Nancy Cirillo,  Jay Humeston,  William Wrzesien  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Pittman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Musica Viva
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    Premiere Performances By Boston Musica Viva
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1012 Release Date: 12/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joyce Mekeel,  Thea Musgrave,  Ruth Crawford Seeger
    Performer:  Jan Curtis,  Norman Dee,  Richard Pittman,  Cynthia Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Pittman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Musica Viva
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  • 25.
    Flutes - Paula Robison, Ransom Wilson, Carol Wincenc
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80403 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Beaser,  Paul Schoenfield,  Joseph Schwantner
    Performer:  Robert Beaser,  Paula Robison,  Paul Schoenfield,  Carol Wincenc  ... 
    Conductor:  Alistair Neale
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solisti New York
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