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Robin Ireland was a student at Cambridge University and at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. He had a short spell as leader of the Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra and subsequently became a founder member of the Piano Quartet, Domus, which toured with its own portable concert hall (a geodesic dom­e) as well as having great success in more conventional venues.

 Between 1985 and 2005, Robin was violist with the celebrated Lindsay String Quartet, and then with the Primrose Piano Quartet. He now performs as a soloist and chamber musician, particularly with the Anton Stadler Trio, and with his Duo partner, Tim Horton. As a soloist, he has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Liverpool Philharmonic and the London Mozart Players, and has in his repertoire all the major works for viola. He has worked as guest principal viola with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera North. 

 Robin Ireland is Head of Chamber Music and Senior Viola Tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and also teaches at the Cadenza International Summer School, the International Sommerakademie für Kammermusik in West Germany, and Pro Corda. During 2011 he was chamber music coach at the Yehudi Menuhin School. In South Yorkshire he tutors viola workshops and directs a string chamber orchestra.

 Robin plays on an Amati viola made in the early 1600s.

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