In 2016, Robyn joined the faculty of Orvieto Musica as director of the Intensive Strings Program. She will again head to Italy for more chamber music in 2017.
Robyn is originally from Albuquerque, NM, where she began playing the violin at age three with renowned Suzuki pedagogue Susan Kempter. She later continued her studies with Leonard Felberg, then professor of violin at the University of New Mexico and a founding member of the Seraphin Trio.
She received her Bachelors of Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Tokyo Quartet first violinist Martin Beaver and Herbert Greenberg, former concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony. She received her Masters of Music in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with David Updegraff, violin department head. In 2003 she was awarded a fellowship to help Singapore start its first conservatory, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, and to play with the Singapore Symphony.
As a dedicated educator, Robyn received apprenticeship Suzuki training under her former mentor, Susan Kempter. She maintains a private studio of students ranging from very young beginners through those preparing for college auditions.
Her students have been accepted into the top orchestras of organizations such as the Colorado All State Orchestra, Western States Honor Orchestra, the Lamont Summer Music Academy, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, and the International Music Academy, Pilsen.
An active chamber musician, Robyn has been a featured performer in concert series and festivals around the country and abroad, including the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, Denver Eclectic Concerts, Piccolo Spoleto Spotlight Series, Charleston Chamber Players, Charleston House Concerts, and Breckenridge Music Festival’s Winter Concert Series. She participated in the Domaine Forget festival in Quebec in 2000 and 2001, and was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado from 2002 to 2003.
Robyn has held positions with the Colorado Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Sarasota Opera, and was the Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. She performs regularly with the Colorado Symphony, Opera Colorado, and the Colorado Music Festival.
She has been a member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music since 2008, and spends two weeks every August in Santa Cruz, CA slaving over challenging music for the satisfaction of bringing the very newest classical music to life!
Robyn lives in SE Denver with her husband, Benjamin Tomkins. They share their home with their cat, Molly, and their dog, Amelia.