Alex Robinson graduated from the University of Manchester with a first class degree in Music (MusB) and the Royal Northern College of Music with an MMus in Performance (Conducting).
During his Undergraduate degree he gained tuition as part of the student conductor program under the tutelage of Mark Heron and Justin Doyle (RIAS Kammerchor). He was the Musical Director of the January 2016 University opera production of Rameau’s ‘Castor & Pollux’. Alex also played an active part of the NewMusicNorthWest Festival in early 2016 conducting Harrison Birtwistle’s ‘Silbury Air’ with the composer in attendance. He worked on several choral projects with the University’s chamber choir ‘Ad Solem’, the University of Manchester Chorus and The Cosmo Singers.
At the RNCM, he took part in conducting masterclasses with Sir Mark Elder and has worked as Assistant Conductor for Sir Andrew Davies, Juanjo Mena and Nicholas Collon on several projects over the last two seasons with the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He worked with members of the Manchester Camerata in a side-by-side project with RNCM Concert Orchestra performing Beethoven's First Symphony. He made his debut in the professional world conducting the BBC Philharmonic in May '18. Alex also performed as a continuo Harpsichordist in the RNCM’s 2017 production of Händel's 'Theodora'.
Outside of the academic environment, Alex has worked with Contemporary Music ensemble ‘Psappha’ performing works by local postgraduate composers in a concert recorded for BBC Radio 3. Alex worked for the Manchester International Festival (2017) conducting the ensemble for Samson Young’s five episode, live radio broadcast of ‘One of Two Stories or Both’ which premiered on Unity Radio 92.8fm. The episodes also appeared on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast. He works regularly with the Lancashire Chamber Orchestra, Amaretti Chamber Orchestra, Nottingham Youth Orchestra, Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra and Stockport Symphony Orchestra. He has recently worked on the world premiere of Alan Williams' new opera 'The Arsonists' (libretto: Ian MacMillan) as Assistant Conductor.
Alex is also the violist in the Manchester based string ensemble, the Vine Quartet. An ensemble which has received coaching from the Quatuor Danel and the Chillingirian String Quartet.