Born in 1976, Robin Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr and also with Truls Mork, Steven Isserliss, Pieter Wisplelway, Karine Georgian and Ferenc Rados. Following a critically acclaimed South Bank debut recital he has devoted much of his time to contemporary music working with composers such as Ligeti, Kurtag, Ferneyhough, Maxwell Davies, Finnissy and Dillon amongst others. Robin regularly appears with Lontano, Gemini, Expose, Ixion, BCMG, Almeida Ensemble, Music Projects/London and has taken part in numerous broadcasts and world premières. He recently premièred Joe Cutler's Cello Concerto in London and gave the UK première of Steve Reich's cello counterpoint. He is a member of the Fidelio Trio and they recently gave premieres of works by Dennechy and Rolf Hind and the UK premiere of Trio no. 1 by Sciarrino. Forthcoming releases include a disc of Ginastera cello music on Lorelt and a recording of the Cutler cello concerto on NMC. Robin teaches at the Royal Academy Junior Department and plays on a cello by Vincenzo Panormo c. 1791.
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Aliye studied baroque viola at postgraduate level with Jane Rogers for one year on a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. Before this she completed an undergraduate degree at the Royal College of Music, where her interest in historical performance had first been sparked. During her time at the Academy she co-founded the International Baroque Players and won the Deutsche Bank Award in Performance which helped to first establish the ensemble. Since then the ensemble has gone from strength to strength.
Aliye led the viola section of the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2008, having also been a member in 2007. She also participated in courses run by Aldeburgh Music and played for many years in the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra.
Since completing her studies she has enjoyed a busy and varied professional career, working regularly with the English Baroque Soloists (John Eliot Gardiner), Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman), Academy of Ancient Music (Richard Egarr) and Arcangelo (Jonathan Cohen). Her work as a freelance player has afforded her the chance to travel extensively and has included many of the major European festivals as well as several live TV and radio broadcasts.
In addition to her work as a performer Aliye holds a teaching post at Oxford High School where she teaches violin, viola and theory as well as coaching the school orchestras. She hopes to one day start up a baroque orchestra there! Other interests include cats, running and dreaming of one day being able to play jazz piano.