Robinson, Lucy

Lucy Robinson is passionate about performing Baroque music on historically accurate instruments, not only studying the techniques of the time but exploring the environment in which it was written—even what the musicians read and ate. To this end she studied at York (BA), Cambridge (PhD entitled ‘The Forquerays and the French Viol Tradition’) and the Brussels Conservatoire, for which she was awarded a Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study with the viol player Wieland Kuijken. Lucy has subsequently performed in venues from the Wigmore Hall to Fez to Sydney Opera House. She hosts Baroque summer schools in Marnaves, France and also plays the viola with the Welsh Baroque Orchestra.

Lucy has an international reputation for her research into Baroque music, especially into the viol and French chamber music. She has published editions of Bach (Faber) and Couperin (Le Pupitre), and over 20 articles for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (including ‘The Viol’); she reviews regularly for Early Music. After 12 years as Head of Postgraduate Studies and Research at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, she is relishing finding the space to write and publish.