Daring, versatile, charismatic and passionate, American violinist Robyn Bollinger is a young artist on the rise. Just out of conservatory, Ms. Bollinger is carving a career as a soloist and chamber musician. Already recognized for her musical creativity, rich tones, emotional depth, and technical mastery, she is a recipient of a prestigious 2016 Grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for her multimedia performance project entitled "CIACCONA: The Bass of Time," which she will tour in an upcoming season. Having made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut at age twelve, Ms. Bollinger has since performed with orchestras and at festivals nationwide, among them the Boston Pops, the Grand Tetons Music Festival Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival.
Following summer engagements with Midori’s Musical Sharing International Community Engagement Program “ICEP” in Japan, performances at the Maui Classical Music Festival, chamber music recitals in Japan’s Phoenix Hall, (Osaka), Oji Hall, (Tokyo), and Tokyo National Art’s Center, at the Rockport Music Festival and Marlboro Festival, Ms. Bollinger’s upcoming appearances include performances with A Far Cry, as a member of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival Young Trio Residency, concerts as one of Music for Food’s Young Artist Fellows, and concerts with the Chameleon Ensemble.
A sought after collaborator, Ms. Bollinger is a popular figure on the chamber music stage, both as a member of the renowned, Grammy-nominated Boston-based ensemble A Far Cry, and for her work at Festivals and on chamber music series. A former member of the Newman String Quartet, which took the silver medal at the 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, she has served as a member of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival's Young Trio in Residence (2015), collaborated with the Jupiter Chamber Players at Lincoln Center, Chameleon Ensemble in Boston, and members of the Borromeo, Johannes, and Cleveland quartets, among others.
In addition to the 2016 Annenberg Grant, Ms. Bollinger’s talent has been recognized with numerous awards, among them an Entrepreneurial Musicianship Grant from New England Conservatory for her ground-breaking "Project Paganini," a performance project featuring all twenty-four Paganini Caprices. Ms. Bolliner has received top prizes at the many international competitions, among them the International Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in France, and the Louis Spohr International Competition in Germany. She has been specially recognized with prizes for her performances of Bach and Beethoven works at several competitions.
She is a familiar figure on radio, having come to national attention through her 2014 residency on PRI’s “Performance Today” and several appearances on NPR's "From the Top."
Born in Philadelphia in 1991, Ms. Bollinger is a former recipient of the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA, where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master's degrees with honors. Her former teachers include Miriam Fried, Soovin Kim, and Paul Kantor. Currently residing in Boston, Ms. Bollinger plays a 1778 Joseph and Antonio Gagliano violin on generous loan from the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute Instrument Bank.