Cellist Robin Hasenpflug performs as an orchestral player, chamber musician and soloist throughout the U.S. and Europe. In the U.S., Robin is the assistant principal of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in Madison, Wisconsin and appears as principal on their two most recent recordings, Momentum and Mozart: the Early Concerti. Robin is also the principal cellist of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra and will be joining the Ohio Valley Symphony as their principal cellist for the 2017-18 season. Robin also enjoys performing with the Wheeling Symphony and the Erie Philharmonic. As a member of the Holter Chamber Music Festival, she performed in a concert tour of Italy to audiences in Sacile, Pordenone and Trieste. Earlier in her career, Robin concertized in Kaisersalutern, Germany, the same region where she played with the Pfalztheater Opera Orchestra.
Robin is currently a rostered solo artist with the Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates. As a soloist, she is known for her passionate performances and warm stage presence. It is through both cello playing and audience discussions that she enjoys reaching out and sharing her love of classical music. Robin frequently brings additional artists together to broaden the scope of a classical performance which she believes deepens her audience’s musical understanding. Her newest project “The Hasenpflug Duo” is an ensemble that explores the possibilities of applying electronics to the traditional cello sound. Accompanied by her husband, percussionist Andy Hasenpflug, the two create a new soundscape enjoyed by audiences of all ages with the use of sound-changing pedals, vocal processors and amplification.
Robin’s exploration and broad musical experience has enabled her to share the stage with some of today’s most popular artists. She performs regularly with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and has played concerts with Evanescence, Josh Groban and Michael Bublé.
A native of Western New York, Robin‘s early studies included lessons with Robert Hausmann of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Bruce Cramer. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music where she studied with renowned soloist, Regina Mushabac. From there she went on to earn a Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of LaSalle String Quartet cellist, Lee Fiser. An avid life learner, Robin continued seeking inspiration throughout her career in the studios of Eric Kim, Hans Christian Schweiker, Richard Hirschl, Ann Martindale-Williams and David Premo. In addition, she was a participant in festivals worldwide including the Aspen Music Festival, The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, The National Orchestral Institute and the Summertrios Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Hasenpflug is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she maintains a private teaching studio and serves as the adjunct cello professor at Westminster College.
Robin currently plays on a 2011 William Whedbee cello.