Hailed as “a Ferrier in waiting” (The Rehearsal Studio), Robin Bier as been praised for her “robust, shapely contralto,” (San Francisco Chronicle) 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 English Symphony Orchestra, the Baroque Collective, Compagnia d’Istrumenti, Brandywine Baroque, and the Oberlin Orchestra in the USA, and will make her debut with the American Bach Soloists in February 2018.
As an ensemble singer Robin works frequently with such ensembles as Apollo’s Fire, Voices of Ascension, Choral Arts Philadelphia and The Thirteen, and she is artistic co-director and alto of solo-voice early music ensemble Les Canards Chantants. She 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. 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.
Robin holds her bachelor’s degree in voice from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a masters degree in solo-voice ensemble singing and a PhD in historical vocal performance practice from the University of York. Robin is based in Philadelphia, PA, where she coaches the choristers of Bryn Athyn Cathedral and periodically guest coaches the early music ensemble at Temple University. Robin is a current voice student of baritone Christian Immler.