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Rick Robinson

Bassist Cuts Loose with Classical

Greater Detroit Area
Performing Arts
  1. CutTime Simfonica®,
  2. CutTime Players,
  3. CutTime Productions®, LLC
  1. New England Conservatory of Music
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CutTime Simfonica®

CutTime Simfonica®

Director, Composer

– Present

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Director, Composer

CutTime Simfonica®
– Present (4 years 10 months)Detroit, MI

Director, Arranger

CutTime Players
– Present (20 years)Detroit, MI

Artistic Director

CutTime Productions®, LLC
– Present (21 years 8 months)Detroit, MI


Classical Revolution Detroit
– Present (3 years 11 months)Various Metro-Detroit locations


Fractured Atlas

Organization member
– Present

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Honors & Awards

Arts Challenge Detroit Grant

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

In 2013 CutTime Productions won a $30,000 challenge grant from the Knight Foundation to expand the ongoing Classical Revolution Detroit series to three events each month. These events feature reading sessions of standard chamber music, CutTime compositions and symphonic transcriptions with small ensembles in bars. clubs, restaurants and coffeehouses to pioneer true and lasting connections with a wider, curious and deserving community. We are currently campaigning to raise matching funds to begin the project in March 2014.
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Winner: Salute to Entrepreneurs: Social Entrepreneur

Crain's Detroit Business

Crain's annually recognizes entrepreneurs who are noteworthy for their innovation, problem-solving ability, job creation or sheer relentlessness. Winners are divided into revenue categories, with another for social entrepreneurs, which I won. Social entrepreneurs use business ventures as a means to solve social problems while creating jobs. I'm working to share the beautiful power of classical music with people who avoid it altogether.

Kresge Artist Fellowship

Kresge Arts in Detroit

This was the inaugural year for these annual fellowships with $25,000 awarded for the creative arts. I submitted three musical scores for string sextet of Essay After Sibelius, Mighty Love and Highland Park, MI: City of Trees.

Premiere of Essay No. 1 (After Sibelius)

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

This 20-minute composition for full orchestra, which began in a dream, first won a reading by DSO and Maestro Thomas Wilkins at the Unisys African-American Composers Readings in 2003. The work was selected for a full debut at the annual Classical Roots concerts. Detroit Free Press Music Critic Mark Stryker wrote in review, "Robinson, a bassist in the DSO, is an armchair composer with promise and a taste for fleshy romantic textures and orchestration." The premiere of this first major composition encouraged me to continue writing and marks the pivot of my career.

1st Place Winner of Concerto Competition

Haddonfield (NJ) Symphony Orchestra

I won $1,000 and a performance of Bottesini Double Bass Concerto in b-minor with Arthur Cohn conducting in 1987.


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New England Conservatory of Music

Graduate studies - incomplete, Bass performance

Freelanced as Principal Bass of Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra and as Assistant Principal of Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra

Activities and Societies: I took up viola da gambas here thanks to Carol Lewis.

Cleveland Institute of Music

BM, Bass performance

Freelanced as Principal Bass of both Canton and Akron Symphony Orchestras

Interlochen Arts Academy

HS Diploma, Bass performance

Played a half recital in my junior year, a full recital my senior year and another half recital at graduation just for my family.

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