Ireland was born in 1954, son of viola player
Patrick Ireland and pianist Peggy Gray. He was a chorister at St Paul's
Cathedral Choir School and studied at Cambridge University and at the
School of Music in Rochester, New York. He had a short spell as leader
Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra and subsequently became a founder member
Piano Quartet, Domus, which toured with its own portable concert hall
geodesic dome) as well as having great success in more conventional
well known as the violist of the Lindsay
String Quartet, with whom he played for twenty years. The Lindsays were
celebrated throughout the world for their intense and moving
they made over fifty CDs for ASV, covering virtually all the major
quartet repertoire. Robin now plays with the Primrose Piano Quartet and
Anton Stadler piano/clarinet/viola trio, and has a Duo with the pianist
Horton, with whom he has recorded a CD of Russian music including the
Shostakovich Viola Sonata, released on the Nimbus label (CD
available from Robin). As
a soloist, he has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, performed Mozart's Sinfonia
Concertante with the Liverpool Philharmonic and the London Mozart
has in his repertoire all the major works for viola. He specialises in
of unaccompanied Bach, transcribed for viola from the violin and cello
His CD of Bach, which includes the Chaconne, is available on
orchestral experience includes working as guest principal viola with
of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera North.
Robin is Head of Chamber Music at the Royal Birmingham
Conservatoire. He also teaches on
courses run by ESTA, Pro Corda and Cadenza, and at the International
Sommerakademie fur Kammermusik in West Germany. During 2011 he was
invited to coach chamber music regularly at the Yehudi Menuhin School.
In South Yorkshire he has
initiated an ongoing series of viola workshops to
promote the viola and to improve the standard of viola playing,
and he tutors
string orchestra workshops in Sheffield. He is a
of the Alexander Technique and of Chi Kung, both of which influence his
Robin is also a composer. In 2005,
Robin was commissioned by the University
of Sheffield to write a string quartet for its centenary celebrations.
work, recorded by the Lindsays, features on a CD alongside Pairings
three duos, for viola and cello, two violas, and violin and viola)
the Meridian label. In the same year, he received funding from the Arts
to collaborate with the poet Elizabeth Barrett and composed fifteen
for solo viola which interleave with poems from her collection The
Detector (CD available from Robin). His set of twelve Concert Études for viola was published by Spartan Press in 2014, and in November that year a short piece for six violas The Deviant Jig, was premiered at the International Viola Congress in Portugal.
recorded CDs of unaccompanied Bach transcriptions (Quartz Records), the
Shostakovich Sonata for Viola and Piano with Tim Horton (on Nimbus) and
the two Brahms Sonatas for Viola and Piano alongside Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata, also with Tim Horton on Nimbus.
Robin plays on an Amati viola made in the early 1600s. He lives at Cradley Heath, near Birmingham.
details of Robin's teaching and other information see www.robinireland.co.uk
can be contacted on 07980 275368
VIOLA AND VIOLIN
Robin is teaching in
Birmingham, Sheffield and Rotherham (Ravenfield)
and may have
vacancies for viola
and violin pupils.
Lessons could be on a
basis or more often as preferred. A
trial lesson could be booked in the first
Robin also offers one-off
refresher or diagnostic lessons to amateur or professional viola and
Cost £45 per hour.
details contact Robin on 07980 275368