Robert Atchison

British concert violinist and conductor Robert Atchison was born in London and began music studies as a child. His teachers included Sheila Nelson and Bronislaw Gimpel at the Royal Northern College of Music, and Emmanuel Hurwitz at the Royal Academy of Music. Following many successes with prizes and competitions, he made his London debut in the Beethoven concerto at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1983, and the following year he played Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Barbican Hall.

From 1984 until 1990 he played with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and from from 1991 until 1997 was a member of all three orchestras of the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and was co-principal to Iona Brown. In 1993 he became Director of the Spanish Chamber Orchestra, appearing frequently with them as a soloist.

Since then, his busy chamber and solo career has included regular tours with the London Piano Trio. He is also in demand as a freelance orchestral leader. His many recordings include the Telemann Twelve Fantasias and the complete Sonatas and Partitas of J S Bach.

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A selection of articles about Robert Atchison

Ensemble. A Natural Stage Presence - Guild Music's concert to celebrate the launch of two new CDs, reviewed by Alice McVeigh

Ask Alice - Of telephones and concerts, plus a recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Music and Sonnets, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

CD Spotlight. Great Abilities - Piano trios by Donald Tovey, heard by Robert Anderson. '... diatonic convictions ...'