⸻ All About Robin

Robin Browning – Conductor, Artistic-Director & Conducting Teacher

Award-winning performer, inspiring arts-leader & sought-after conducting coach with a proven track-record

SÓN – Turner Sims Orchestra in Association

Artistic Director & Conductor


De Havilliand Philharmonic

Music Director & Conductor


University of Southampton

Conducting teacher, lecturer & coach

⸻ Official Biography

Full Biography

Robin Browning is an established conductor, performer and music-educator. Praised as an “expert musician & conductor” by Sir Charles Mackerras, he is a passionate advocate for music and for the arts in general. Since making his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Barbican, Robin has conducted the Hallé, English Northern Philharmonia, Northern Sinfonia, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, St Petersburg Festival Orchestra, and Estonian National Youth Orchestra. He made his US debut in 2011 with the Boise Philharmonic, and recently assisted Sakari Oramo for the UK Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Since taking second prize in the NAYO Conducting Competition, and winning the inaugural Boosey & Hawkes Award at the Edinburgh Festival, Robin is now firmly established as music director of three British orchestras – the highly-regarded de Havilland Philharmonic, Havant Chamber Orchestra and SÓN, a brand new professional orchestra founded by Robin. SÓN’s inaugural concert – ‘Sibelius Unwrapped’ presented by Robin and pianist David Owen Norris – took place at Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton, the orchestra’s home, in November 2015. Since their debut season, the orchestra has swiftly garnered a reputation for excellence with their vibrant, virtuosic and innovative performances and cutting edge programming.

Robin has performed in some of the world’s most famous concert halls, including Snape Maltings, London’s Cadogan Hall, the Rudolfinum in Prague, and the Banff Centre in Canada. In 2008, Robin gave a concert at the Olympic Stadium, Nanjing, conducting live on Chinese television before an audience of 70 million. He has worked with a wide array of soloists, including Guy Johnston, Aled Jones, Jack Liebeck, John Lill, Craig Ogden and Raphael Wallfisch.

Robin studied at the Accademia Chigiana, Siena, with Myung-Whun Chung and the legendary Ilya Musin. He furthered his training in the USA with Joseph Gifford, and was invited to Estonia for masterclasses with Neeme and Paavo Järvi at the Oistrakh Festival.

Robin also studied with Sir Charles Mackerras, Sian Edwards and Benjamin Zander, and participated in the first ever Conductor Development Programme with Milton Keynes City Orchestra in 2012.

Passionately committed to the training of younger musicians, Robin has guest-conducted orchestras at both Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Guildhall School of Music, and works regularly with young conductors at the University of Southampton. In 2008 he was involved in the Barbican Young Orchestra project, preparing the inaugural orchestra for Sir Colin Davis. Robin is also dedicated to contemporary music and recordings: since making his first professional studio-recording in 2008, he has released three more – all are available from iTunes and Amazon.

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⸻ Changing Lives through Music

Delivering powerful, inspiring education projects

Robin has an established track-record of impacting lives, through his unflinching belief in the power of music to change people for good. Capable of devising & leading education, outreach & community projects which inspire people of all ages – including in SEND & other non-mainstream settings – Robin has the vision & skill to deliver, from initial concept to enthralling final performances.

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⸻ Life-changing Education Work

The SÓN eWaste Project

Changing lives through music! Devising & leading inspiring education projects with youngsters of all ages, including those in non-mainstream settings. Creating & delivering from initial concept to enthralling final performances.

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⸻ Bringing Music to Life

Impacting audiences everywhere through Music & Art

Robin is the very first conductor & presenter to have shared the stage with artist James Mayhew, combining live orchestral music with art, story-telling & fun! Devising & developing this enthralling format together, James & Robin continue to present family events & other projects every year to huge, sell-out acclaim.

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⸻ Artistic Leadership

Spearheading SÓN: Southampton's Professional Orchestra

Since launching in 2015, SÓN – now Orchestra in Association at Turner Sims Concert Hall – has grown into one of the most respected & impactful ensembles in the south. Equally committed to virtuoso performances & ground-breaking outreach initiatives, Robin has steered the success of SÓN from its inception.

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⸻ Nurturing the conductors of tomorrow

Conductor teaching, training & development

Robin is passionately dedicated to teaching and developing the careers of conductors everywhere. Running the highly-regarded conducting course at University of Southampton – the UK’s No 1 music department in 2020 – he coaches students each year towards careers in orchestral conducting, as well as for theatre, musicals, choirs & opera.

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" An expert musician and conductor "

— Sir Charles Mackerras

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Life-changing Education Projects

Changing lives through music! Devising & leading inspiring education projects with youngsters of all ages, including those in non-mainstream settings. Creating & delivering from initial concept to enthralling final performances.

SÓN eWaste Project

85 youngsters performing their own words & music alongside professional musicians, with film, graphics & sampled sounds, in this empowering project about one of the world's most crucial environmental issues. Workshopped, co-composed & conducted by Robin Browning.

Grime Opera

Uniting Grime MC Eyez with orchestra, live electronics & choir, this project made a huge splash on the UK music-education world. Premier conducted by Robin Browning in 2017.