Robin Bier has been praised for her “robust, shapely contralto,” (San Francisco Chronicle), “silky lyricism” (The York Press) and “mysterious, dark hue and sauntering presence” (San Francisco Classical Voice). She has appeared as a soloist with the American Bach Soloists, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Bourbon Baroque, the Dartington Festival Orchestra, the English Symphony Orchestra, the Baroque Collective, the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Compagnia d’Istrumenti and Brandywine Baroque, among others. As an ensemble singer Robin has worked with Apollo’s Fire, Voices of Ascension, Choral Arts Philadelphia, Ensemble VIII, The Thirteen, and Opera Philadelphia, and she is co-director and alto of solo-voice ensemble Les Canards Chantants, with whom she has collaborated with ACRONYM, Piffaro, Parthenia Viols and the Folger Consort.
Robin has recorded Striggio’s Mass in 40 Parts with I Fagiolini (Decca) and Bach’s St. John Passion with the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists (Signum Classics), and the complete second book of madrigals by Giovanni Valentini with Les Canards Chantants and ACRONYM (Olde Focus Recordings). In 2013, she became the first adult female alto to sing with the lay clerks of Ripon Cathedral in Ripon, UK. She has premiered new works by William Brooks, Stef Conner and others, and is working with Yeats scholar Ronald Schuchard and Brooks to reconstruct Florence Farr’s practice of chanting to the psaltery. Her work on Trobairitz song has been published by the Orpheus Institute, and her performance editions of Renaissance polyphony have been used by Les Canards Chantants, I Fagiolini, and Brown University.
Robin holds her bachelor’s degree in voice from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and postgraduate degrees in solo-voice ensemble singing and historical performance practice from the University of York in England. Robin is based in Philadelphia, PA, where she teaches privately, coaches the choristers of Bryn Athyn Cathedral, and periodically guest coaches the early music ensemble at Temple University. Robin is a student of German baritone Christian Immler.