As a student of the Suzuki method, Robbie began violin lessons with Kathy Langston in Denver, Colorado at the age of 5. He developed a passion for ensemble playing as a member of the Denver Young Artist Orchestra. It was during this time that Robbie began teaching, working as his teacher’s studio assistant throughout his senior year of high school.
Robbie completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music at Dartmouth College where he studied with Liesl Schoenberger-Doty. He studied abroad in London for a term at the Royal College of Music in the studio of Dona Lee Croft. The result of this experience was an extraordinary love of all things musical. While performing with the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, Robbie worked as the Director of Recruitment. Upon graduating, he was awarded the Leibowitz Prize, given to students who exhibit exceptional promise in post-graduate musical pursuits. A recent transplant to the Twin Cities, Robbie continues his violin studies with Sally O’Reilly while applying to Master’s programs for violin performance.
Robbie discovered the joy of teaching early on, giving chess lessons to Kindergarten students when he was as young as 11. He’s worked as a teacher in a variety of capacities, including running classrooms, tutoring privately, and of course, instructing violin students. Joy is at the center of his teaching philosophy, and Robbie aims to instill the love he has for the instrument in all those who enter his studio. With a focus on solid technique and musical awareness, Robbie combines a variety of pedagogical tools to keep students happy, engaged, and always improving.