Nikolai Robbins, 17 years of age, has been playing and performing the violin since the age of 3. He currently studies with Lauren Roth, who is the Concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and a Professor at the University of Arizona. He also participates in the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra, serving as Concertmaster, under the direction of Dr. Suzette Battan. Furthermore, Nikolai studies piano with Dr. June Chow-Tyne, and is a graduate of highest honors in level 11 from the Arizona Study Program.
His experience in chamber and orchestral performance started at the age of 7 when he joined Tucson Junior Strings under the direction of Dennis Bourret, which has six levels of conductor-less chamber orchestras. At age 9, Nikolai began performing with a string quartet. He has excelled at Ensemble Chamber Competitions, winning first place four times in competitions sponsored by the Tucson Teacher's Music Association, including two first place awards at the state level with special honors of distinction. Most recently, he placed 3rd in the Tucson Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Solo Competition.
Nikolai started attending summer music programs at the age of 11, his first being Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado, for which he received a merit scholarship. The following year, he attended the Philadelphia International Music Festival. He then went on to take part in the Manhattan School of Music Summer Intensives for three consecutive years, where he served as Concertmaster.
During the past two summers, Nikolai attended the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music. During his time at Meadowmount, he received private instruction from the renowned Juilliard teachers, Sally Thomas and Ann Setzer. He also had the opportunity to receive chamber music coaching from Kikuei Ikeda, a member of the Tokyo String Quartet.
Through the years, he has taken part in masterclasses from Steven Moeckel, Monika Stauss Joensen, Caroline Goulding, Stefan Jackiw and most recently, Vijay Gupta.
A highlight of this past year was performing with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in the highly acclaimed An Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss. Nikolai is pursuing a professional career as a violinist and enjoys all performing opportunities that are presented to him.