Dr Robin Wilson

Robin Wilson

Regarded as one of Australia’s leading pedagogues, Dr Robin Wilson is Head of Violin and Head of Young ANAM at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. Previously, he held appointments as Lecturer in Violin and Pedagogy at the University of Sydney and the Australian Institute of Music, and String Pedagogy Fellow at the University of Queensland. He continues to teach at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His students are regular prizewinners of many major national and international competitions, including the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award and the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and hold professional positions and have performed as soloists with the major Australian Orchestras.


As a member of the acclaimed historical performance ensemble Ironwood, he regularly tours nationally and internationally, performing at major venues and festivals throughout Australia, USA and the UK and has recorded for ABC Classics, Vexations840 and VDE-Gallo. He also tours nationally as a member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra’s flagship ensemble, the Australian Octet. He has given solo recitals and been broadcast on radio throughout Australasia and his solo discography includes two discs of violin encores and the complete Schubert Sonatas for violin and piano with pianist Kemp English (DECCA and Ode Records) that was nominated for Classical Disc of the Year at the 2009 New Zealand Music Awards. Robin is the former Leader of the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, has appeared as guest violinist with leading Australian ensembles such as the Sydney Omega Ensemble, Ensemble Liaison, Australia Quartet and Nexus 2MBSFM Virtuosi, and played for several years with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Orchestra of the Antipodes.


Holding a PhD from the University of Sydney on the historically informed performance of Brahms’s music, Robin’s research was awarded the prestigious international 2014 Karl Geiringer Prize from the American Brahms Society. He has presented and performed at major international conferences such as ”Reactions to the Record” at Stanford University, “Performing Brahms in the Twenty-first Century” at Leeds University, “Brahms in the New Century” at the City University of New York and “Brahms in the Home” at the Royal College of Music London and has presented lectures and performances at other leading institutions such as Yale University, Eastman School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester. In 2015 he represented the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the DDCA Australasian Symposium “The Outstanding Field”. As a pedagogue, he has given masterclasses throughout Australasia, USA, UK and Singapore. A regular tutor for AYO chamber players, he has presented at national pedagogy conferences, and for many years designed and lectured undergraduate and postgraduate pedagogy curriculum at several universities and delivered professional pedagogy development courses in Sydney. He has participated twice in the Delay Starling Symposium at the Juilliard School in New York and spent considerable time at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England observing renowned teacher Natasha Boyarsky.


Robin holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Performance and Pedagogy studying with Alice Waten, and worked with Janet Davies in Sydney. Robin also studied with James Buswell at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Beryl Kimber at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, Pamela Dowsett and Jan Tawroszewicz in New Zealand and Felix Andrievsky and David Takeno in London.


Robin plays a Gagliano workshop violin, Naples, 1784.




Dr Robin Wilson explaining the importance of Con Brio Examinations:


A Short List of Dr Robin Wilson’s Distinguished Students

Dr Robin Wilson has many more students around the world, who are soloists, members of symphony orchestra or teachers.
  • Grace Clifford

    Grace Clifford

    Grace Clifford is an Australian violinist currently studying at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2014, at the age of 16,she won the ABC Young Performer of the Year award, the biggest prize in Australia for classical musicians. During the 2016–17 season Grace has performed violin concertos with various Orchestras including the Adelaide Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
  • Emily Sun

    Emily Sun

    Australian violinist Emily Sun is rapidly gaining international recognition as a rising soloist. She was awarded the Gold Medal of the 2016 Royal Overseas League Music Competition UK, the first violinist to win the award since 1981. She is the winner of many major violin competitions, including the coveted Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Strings Award. She made her concerto debut with the East-West Philharmonic Orchestra at age 10, and has since been a regular soloist with orchestras around the world. Emily is a BBC Introducing Artist, and her performances have been broadcast on radio worldwide. She has performed as soloist in international venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Tchaikovsky Great Hall Moscow, Tel Aviv Opera House, Auditorium du Louvre, and Wigmore Hall.
  • Harry Bennetts

    Harry Bennetts

    Harry is currently a student at the Australian National Academy of Music studying under Dr Robin Wilson. In 2015 Harry performed the Sibelius violin concerto with the Maroondah Symphony Orchestra and will tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as an Emerging Artist. He was Concertmaster of the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2013. A member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia in 2012, Harry has also performed with the Sydney Camerata and the Australian Youth Orchestra.
  • Yebin Yoo

    Yebin Yoo

    The 16-year-old Australian/South Korean musician is a student at the Australian National Academy of Music. She has been named the winner of the 2016 Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand. In 2015 she won the Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Award, and performed in the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.
  • Josephine Chung

    Josephine Chung

    Born in Sydney, Josephine is 18 years old and is currently studying a Bachelor of Music at the Curtis Institute of Music in the US. Josephine was the winner of the prestigious 2016 Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship, following her recital and performance of the Sibelius Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, she won the Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, and in 2013 the National Youth Concerto Competition.
  • Lily Higson-Spence

    Lily Higson-Spence

    Lily has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the country, such as the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. She was a grand finalist in the 2015 ABC Symphony Australia’s Young Performers Awards. A keen chamber musician, Lily has performed a variety of chamber music amongst professional musicians at music festivals such as the Bangalow Music Festival and The Huntington Estate Music Festival. She has also recorded for various radio stations including the ABC, 4MBS and 3MBS.
  • Christian Li

    Christian Li

    Li was born in Melbourne Australia in Oct 2007 and began violin at the age of 5 showing great interest and talent in music. Currently he is studying under Dr. Robin Wilson, Head of Violin at Australian National Music Academy. In July 2017 Christian won First Prize in the violin category of the Young Artist Semper Music International Competition in Italy and gave many solo and chamber music performances as part of the Semper Music International Festival & Summer Academy. In June 2017 Christian was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in NY in the American Protégé Showcase 10-year Anniversary concert. Christian has also won all the local violin competitions that he participated in in Australia for his age group and joined the Melbourne String Ensemble in 2015 as the youngest ever member of Intermediate group. In 2014 he won first prize in the Golden Beijing violin competition in China and in 2013 Christian was chosen for a TV commercial in China which features him playing the violin.
  • Riley Skevington

    Riley Skevington

    Recipient of the Richard Pollett Memorial Award, Riley has performed in a number of national music festivals and in 2016 he joined the Australian Chamber Orchestra as an Emerging Artist, touring NSW and WA. He has also enjoyed performing at international festivals and venues throughout Europe and China, including the BBC Proms in London, Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus in Berlin and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. He has been Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO), performed in the Gold Coast and Brisbane and participated in his third international tour with them returning to the Netherlands, Germany China.
  • Anna De Silva Chen

    Anna De Silva Chen

    Recognised as one of Australia’s leading young violinists, Anna has appeared as soloist with major orchestras across Australia and performed in venues such as the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Recital Centre. Anna was a prizewinner at the Gisborne International Music Competition and was selected as a junior semi-finalist at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at the age of fifteen. She has won first prizes in various competitions such as the Kendall National Violin Competition, National Fine Music 102.5 Young Virtuoso Award, Australian National Youth Concerto Competition and Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s String Concerto Competition.
  • Zoe Freisberg

    Zoe Freisberg

    Zoe completed her Bachelor of Music at Queensland Conservatorium and commenced studies at the Australian National Academy of Music under the tutelage of Robin Wilson. Zoe joined the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ACO2 on four tours as an Emerging Artist. Zoe was also one of six finalists in the 2014 ABC Young Performers Award as well as a finalist in the ANAM Concerto Competition. Zoe is very honoured to be the recipient of the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Richard Pollett Memorial Award. In 2015, Zoe won the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition’s Overseas Travel Scholarship and was a finalist in the ABC Young Performers Award.
  • Harry Ward

    Harry Ward

    Harry has always been extremely passionate about music and the violin in particular and has won many prestigious awards and prizes, including Australian String Academy Concerto Winner, Kuringgai Conerto Competition Junior Winder, McDonalds Concerto Competition, ABC Young Performers Finalist, National Youth Concerto Competition Winner, Australian Vocal & Concerto Competition, etc. Harry has been invited to attend great fesivals, schools and Summer schools. In 2011 and 2012 he received full scholarships to the Meadownmount Summer School in New York. Currently Harry is a student of Professor Boris Kuschnir as part of the course for Highly Gifted Students through the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, although living in Vienna. Here Harry is consuming and performing music with some of the world’s finest musicians.