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Robert Atchison was born in London and studied music from a young age. His teachers included Sheila Nelson, Bronislaw Gimpel at the Royal Northern College of Music, Emmanuel Hurwitz at the Royal Academy of Music and Maurice Hasson. Atchison has given concerto performances and recitals in the USA, South America, the far East, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Ireland.  In 1983 Mr. Atchison made his concerto debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall playing the Beethoven concerto and in 1984 at the Barbican with the Vivaldi Four Seasons. He joined the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1984 and remained there until 1990. From 1991 to 1997 he was a member of all three orchestras of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and was co-principal to Iona Brown. In 1993 he was appointed Director of the Spanish Chamber Orchestra, appearing frequently as soloist. Since then he has had a busy chamber and solo career. Mr. Atchison is Violinist with the critically acclaimed London Piano Trio and tours regularly with them throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East. Plans for 2019 include a tour of Canada and the United States. He is also in demand as a freelance leader in the United Kingdom and Europe. He is Leader of the Disney production of The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London. Mr. Atchison's recordings are many and include the Telemann Twelve Fantasias and the complete Sonatas and Partitas of J. S. Bach for the Altamira label. Also on Altamira he has made many recordings with the London Piano Trio including the Complete Piano Trios of Armstrong Gibbs. 2013 saw the release of the complete works for violin and piano by Armstrong Gibbs on the Guild label, with Mr Atchison and Olga Dudnik and in 2014 Atchison released of The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi with his own Altamira Chamber Orchestra with Sir Michael Gambon narrating the Sonnets, which has received rave reviews from magazines such as Gramophone. Future recordings for 2018 - 19 include two violin and piano recital albums and the two Mendelssohn concertos and the world premiere recording of works by Henry Cotter Nixon and Harold Darke. The World premiere of the violin concerto by Christopher Weeks, written for Robert Atchison will be in Cardiff at the end of 2018. He was Artistic Director with Renato Bossa of the International Music Series at the Certosa di Capri, Italy, from 2006-2009 and Artistic Director and founder of Gibbs Festival in Danbury, Essex, from 2008 – 2014. He is currently Artistic Director of the Jalesnes Festival in France and sits of the board of the Inter-Cultural Society of London. Other activities include composing and his fusion group Raga Garage with Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth. Teaching is also a big part of his journey now and he is a mentor of the Orchestra of Filipino Youth in Manila and is a jury member at many competitions.

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