of viola and violin
was a student
at Cambridge University and at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester,
York. He had a short spell as leader of the Las Palmas Symphony
subsequently became a founder member of the Piano Quartet, Domus, which
with its own portable concert hall (a geodesic dome) as well as
success in more conventional venues.
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
partner, Tim Horton. As a soloist, he has broadcast on BBC Radio 3,
Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Liverpool Philharmonic and
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
Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera North.
Ireland is Head of Chamber Music and Senior Viola Tutor at the
Conservatoire, and also teaches at the
International Summer School, the International Sommerakademie für
in West Germany, and Pro Corda. During 2011 he was chamber music coach
Yehudi Menuhin School. In South Yorkshire he tutors viola workshops and
a string chamber orchestra.
plays on an Amati viola made in the early 1600s.