Hailed as “a Ferrier in waiting” (The Rehearsal Studio), 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 Bourbon Baroque, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, the Dartington Festival Orchestra, the English Symphony Orchestra, the Baroque Collective, the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Compagnia d’Istrumenti, Brandywine Baroque, and aMuse Consort, and will make her debut with the American Bach Soloists in February 2018. As an ensemble singer Robin has worked with such ensembles as Apollo’s Fire, Voices of Ascension, Choral Arts Philadelphia, Ensemble VIII, and The Thirteen, and she is artistic co-director and alto of solo-voice early music ensemble Les Canards Chantants. with whom she has toured Germany and China and collaborated with Piffaro and ACRONYM.
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. Recently, she has been working with Yeats scholar Ronald Schuchard and composer William Brooks to reconstruct Florence Farr’s practice of chanting to the psaltery, and her work on Trobairitz song has been published by the Orpheus Institute. Also an early music editor, Robin has created performance editions for Les Canards Chantants and I Fagiolini, and is in the process of editing the music of Michael Maiers’ Atalanta Fugiens (1616) for Brown University.
Robin holds her bachelor’s degree in voice from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and her masters degree in solo-voice ensemble singing and PhD in historical vocal performance practice from the University of York in England. Robin is based in Philadelphia, PA, where she works with the choristers of Bryn Athyn Cathedral and periodically guest coaches the early music ensemble at Temple University. Robin is a voice student of German baritone Christian Immler.