Robin Hill was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England and educated at Bolton School. He studied guitar at the Huddersfield College of Music and later with the eminent Venezuelan guitarist, Alirio Diaz.
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Robin Hill was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England and educated at Bolton School. He studied guitar at the Huddersfield College of Music and later with the eminent Venezuelan guitarist, Alirio Diaz. At Huddersfield Robin met fellow guitarist Peter Wiltschinsky, and together they formed, in 1973, the Hill/Wiltschinsky Guitar Duo, a highly-successful partnership with a vast archive of recordings (they have recorded for Teldec Classics, Hyperion, ASV, RCA, Telstar, Box Tree, IMP Classics, Carlton Classics, Erato and many more). The duo have also made numerous broadcasts and have many international tours to their credit.
In 1997, Robin, who also composes, gave the premiere of his own ‘Concerto Primavera’ for guitar and marimba with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Ian Tracey.
Robin also gave the UK premiere of Claude Bolling’s, ‘Concerto for Classical Guitar and Jazz Piano Trio’ – a work he has recorded with his quartet, Eklectica. ‘Eternal Dance’ (Hillhouse 141)
In 1998 he performed Joaquin Rodrigo’s, ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (cond. Carl Davis) to an audience of 3,500 and has also played at the Royal Albert Hall in the 2002 BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to these activities, Robin was also a member of the BBC Northern Radio Orchestra and currently works occasionally with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra playing both classical and electric guitars (recently playing with them in Hyde Park in the Proms in the Park concert, broadcast in December 2002 on BBC1). He has also collaborated with artists as diverse as world famous tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, soprano Lesley Garrett, American mezzo soprano, Denyce Graves, flautist Atarah Ben Tovim, the young British tenor and rising superstar, Russell Watson, rock bands Jethro Tull and Deep Purple and jazz/soul singer, Madeline Bell.
In 2001 Robin’s book, ‘The Guitar Gymnasium’ was published by American publisher Mel Bay Publications. It has been enthusiastically received by the critics and is rapidly becoming a best-seller.
In 2002/3 Robin has composed a further three major works: -‘Celtic Concerto’ four movements for guitar and orchestra , ‘Eternal Dances’ four movements for guitar and orchestra and ‘Three Van Gogh Portraits’ for piano and orchestra.
Robin’s new CD ‘Virtuoso’ has just been released. It features music by Albeniz, Morel, Hill, Reis, Pernambuco, Handel, Satie, Sanz, Lennon/McCartney, Barrios, Tarrega and Giuliani.