Paul Robinson’s recent activity as a composer for the concert stage include his Chamber Concerto which won the Special Prize in the Luxembourg Sinfonietta’s International Composers Competition , Eris for the Tong Hasegawa Piano Duo, and A Night in the Palace of Reason which won the Pierro Pèze Prize in the Taukay International Composers Competition (Italy). He has received numerous commissions from professional performing ensembles,including the Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Ballet and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra.
For voice, he has written for the Hilliard Ensemble (Incantation ECM New Series), Trio Medieval and Juice (Triadic Riddles of Water and Ice – an item from a longer work written as the Composer in Residence at the Hilliard Summer School) and most recently Moondream for 3 sopranos and projection.
He lectures at the Royal College of Music, Sussex University and Goldsmiths College and directs his own performing ensemble HarmonieBand.
Formed in 1985, HarmonieBand is an ensemble of multi-instrumentalists with an internationally established reputation for performing contemporary music, presenting especially composed scores to accompany silent film, and leading educational projects for young people.
HarmonieBand has made appearances at many UK film festivals and Art Centres. The ensemble has also travelled widely in Europe and including visits to the Dresden Musikfestpiele, the Giornate Del Cinema Muto in Italy and three tours of the Brabant, the last of which featured Paul Robinson’s score to Cocteau’s Le Sang d’un Poète. In 2007, the ensemble was invited to appear alongside the Hilliard Ensemble to present Paul Robinson’s score to Carl Dreyer’s La Passione de Jeanne D’Arc in the Opera House in Wroclaw. The performance was recorded and broadcast by Polish television. In 2014 they were hosted by the Surrey University conference ‘Hollywood’s Musical Contemporaries and Competitors in the Early Sound Film Era’ where they performed to Carl Dreyer’s Vampyr. They also gave the premiere of a new score by Paul Robinson to Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera at the Barbican in October 2014.