Rick Robinson performs personally meaningful music inspired by 23 years as a bassist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). In 2012 he resigned from DSO to fulfill his artistic potential sharing the joy of classical music the broadest possible community. His pragmatic attitude is fully expressed in his CutTime® brand of traditional and fresh symphonic hits.
Born into a five-generation musical family in Detroit, Robinson learned to excel and lead at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Cleveland Institute of Music and New England Conservatory. He held principal positions in the Akron and Canton (OH) and Portland (ME) symphony orchestras, plus the Boston Pops Esplanade with composer John Williams before being invited to join DSO in 1989. He was a regular substitute with the Boston Symphony 1987-1989.
In 1995 Robinson began CutTime Players, an eight-piece ensemble with DSO principal members to perform transcriptions of famous symphonic repertoire for local and distant communities. In over a hundred concerts and workshops, he collaborated extensively to pioneer lively programs maximizing the joy and meaning of making art music. He also self-publishes many of these works as CutTime Players Publishing (ASCAP).
Eventually Robinson began composing to launch another innovative ensemble with DSO principal members, a string sextet+ called CutTime Simfonica. These works range widely and won him a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2010. Now known as Mr. CutTime, Robinson has found the promised land, blending juicy counterpoint with urban pop and folk grooves, creating a smooth on-ramp for new audiences. Jeffrey Rossman of CVNC called him, “a modern-day Dvorak... [whose] compositional skills are quite exceptional. His erudite and passionate verbal remarks were as moving as the beautifully crafted and emotional music."
From his music and mission to open up classical styles to everyone else, Robinson began the Detroit chapter of the worldwide Classical Revolution movement in 2010. This grassroots movement began as a series in San Francisco in 2006, organizing free and relaxed readings and performances in non-traditional spaces for the deserving masses.