Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Robin Hill

Classical Guitar

Robin Hill was born in Yorkshire, England. His first instrument, at age seven, was the violin. At 10 he started to play the guitar, which he studied at music college. He later participated in master classes with the eminent Venezuelan guitarist, Alirio Diaz.

In the late 1970s Robin met fellow guitarist, Peter Wiltschinsky and, together, in 1973, they formed the Hill/Wiltschinsky Guitar Duo, a highly successful partnership with a large archive of recordings (they recorded for Teldec Classics, Hyperion (debut album), ASV, RCA, Erato, Telstar, IMP Classics, Carlton Classics, Warner Bros. and many more. The duo have made numerous radio and television broadcasts and have toured extensively worldwide.

In 1997, Robin performed Joaquin Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (under Carl Davis) to an audience of three thousand. The same year Robin also gave the premiere of his own ‘Concerto Primavera’ with the same orchestra under the conductor, Ian Tracey. He has to date composed four other concertos – three for guitar and one for piano.

Robin gave the UK premiere of Claude Bolling’s ‘Concerto for Classic Guitar and Jazz Piano Trio’, a work he has also recorded with his quartet, Eklectica.

Robin has collaborated with artists as diverse as Luciano Pavarotti, soprano Lesley Garrett, tenor Russell Watson, American soprano Denise Greaves (at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Philharmonic) to British rock bands Deep Purple and Jethro Tull and he has toured extensively with the American jazz/soul singer, Madeline Bell.

His book, ‘The Guitar Gymnasium’ is used in conservatories throughout the world.

Robin’s musical travels constantly take him all over the world.

Robin currently plays three different guitars: Miguel Rodriguez 1980, Miguel Rodriguez 1976 and a Manuel Reyes 1963.

– See more at: http://www.robin-hill.co.uk/

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