Daryl Robinson has earned critical acclaim as a solo and collaborative artist, praised for his innovative programming, compelling performances, and unique depth of interpretative skill. Described as a performer with “…a driving muscular poetry underpinned by nimble technique and nuanced sense of style…” by London-based Choir and Organ, he was winner of both First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2012 American Guild of Organists National Young Artist Competition. He was appointed assistant professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, beginning in the fall of 2015.
Mr. Robinson has appeared as a featured artist at notable venues including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC; Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Shanghai, China; Cathédral Saint-Pierre, Poitiers, France; Spreckels Organ Pavilion, San Diego, California; and Lagerquist Hall at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. His career as a collaborative musician has included service four years as Collaborative Keyboard Artist for the Moores School Concert Chorale and professional engagements in recent seasons with the Grammy-nominated ensemble Ars Lyrica Houston, the Houston Symphony, Mercury Baroque, the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival Orchestra, and as Accompanist for the internationally acclaimed Houston Chamber Choir.
An active church musician since the age of 14, he served for 12 years as organist and artist-in-residence for South Main Baptist Church in Houston, Texas where he was instrumental in guiding the congregation in the selection and fundraising of a new pipe organ. Committed to educating new audiences about the pipe organ, organ music, and commissioning new music, he has engaged three of the most-gifted and recognized living composers: David Ashley White (Introduction, Theme, and Variations: ‘Come Pure Hearts’, 2012), David Briggs (Concert Variations on ‘Nicaea’, 2014), and George Baker (Afro-Cuban Rumba for Organ and Latin Percussion, commissioned for the 2016 American Guild of Organists National Convention in Houston).
A native of Houston, he holds a Master of Music from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and a Bachelor of Music from The Moores School of Music at The University of Houston, studying respectively with Ken Cowan and Robert Bates. Additionally, he has studied organ with David Higgs, harpsichord with Matthew Dirst, and choral conducting with Betsy Cook Weber.
Mr. Robinson’s debut solo album, Sempre Organo, was released in 2013 on the ProOrgano Records label and quickly garnered rave reviews in the United States, Canada, France, and England. Selections from the disc have been heard on nationally syndicated radio programs, including Pipedreams® and With Heart and Voice. Collaborative performances may be heard on the 2013 release, As you set out for Ithaka: Music of David Ashley White (Albany Records). He is represented by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc. Further information, including recordings and current engagements can be found at: www.darylrobinson.com.
Daryl Robinson Performs Live at Kennedy Center
Tierces from Four Concert Etudes (David Briggs)
Allegro maestoso from Organ Sonata, Op. 28 (Edward Elgar)