Robert Simonds

Claire and Lee Lenkoff Chair

Violinist Robert Simonds has a multifaceted career as an orchestral player, chamber musician and solo recitalist. Interested in contemporary music for as long as he can remember, his performances explore the connections between the kinetic and colorful American music of today with Americana and Baroque traditions.

This season is Rob’s seventh as principal second violin of the Louisville Orchestra and his ninth as a member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA. He began his professional orchestral career with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra followed by a longtime position in The Phoenix Symphony. Rob has also performed with the orchestras of Minnesota, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Columbus, and Virginia. For four summers he was a member of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder – where he met his wife, also a violinist.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rob began studying the violin at a young age with his grandmother. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, he studied with Dr. Won-Bin Yim, for whom he served as a graduate teaching assistant, and also with Dorothy Delay. His violin is from Reggio Emilia, in northern Italy, made by Mario Bedocchi in 1927.