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Young Artist in Residence: Robyn Bollinger

Performance Today has invited musicians from the top American conservatories to visit the PT studios for a week-long residency. We'll hear them play great music and talk about their backgrounds, their ambitions, and what it means to be a musician.

Violinist Robyn Bollinger (Sandra Kimball) Violinist Robyn Bollinger and pianist Dina Vainshtein perform at the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN (APM photo/Nate Ryan) Violinist Robyn Bollinger and pianist Dina Vainshtein perform at the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN (APM photo/Nate Ryan) Violinist Robyn Bollinger performs at the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN (APM photo/Nate Ryan) Violinist Robyn Bollinger and pianist Dina Vainshtein perform at the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN (APM photo/Nate Ryan) Violinist Robyn Bollinger performs at the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN (APM photo/Nate Ryan) Violinist Robyn Bollinger and pianist Dina Vainshtein perform at the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN (APM photo/Nate Ryan) Violinist Robyn Bollinger and pianist Dina Vainshtein perform at the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN (APM photo/Nate Ryan) Violinist Robyn Bollinger and pianist Dina Vainshtein perform at the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul, MN (APM photo/Nate Ryan)

Violinist Robyn Bollinger made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut at age twelve. Since then she has performed with many orchestras throughout the United States, including the Grand Tetons Music Festival Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival.

Bollinger has received top prizes at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in France, the Louis Spohr International Competition in Germany, the Kingsville International Competition, the Aspen Music Festival Violin Competition, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Competition, the Albert M. Greenfield Competition and the Blount-Slawson International Competition. She has also been recognized with special prizes for her performances of Bach and Beethoven at several competitions.

Most recently, she was awarded a prestigious Entrepreneurial Grant from New England Conservatory for her ground-breaking "Project Paganini," a solo performance project featuring all twenty-four Paganini Caprices in combination with a multi-media historical presentation.

Born in Philadelphia in 1991, Bollinger is a former recipient of the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music. where she recently graduated with her Bachelor's degree.

She is continuing her studies at New England Conservatory as a Master's student of Miriam Fried. Her former teachers include Soovin Kim, Paul Kantor, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Linda Fiore, Yumi Ninomiya Scott, and Kimberly Fisher. Robyn plays a 1778 Joseph and Antonio Gagliano violin on generous loan from the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute Instrument Bank.

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