A native of Berkeley, Robin was nurtured in a musical family by parents, both prominent musicians and music teachers, who instructed Robin and her siblings in trumpet and piano. She followed her three brothers on the violin, studying for eighteen years, with William Pynchon of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.
While at university, she was the summer co-concertmaster with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra under the tutelage of Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson Thomas performing at the Hollywood Bowl. She was a frequent soloist while concertmaster of the Young Peoples’ and Oakland Symphony’s Youth Orchestras as well as the first concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from U.C. Berkeley where she was concertmaster of the Cal Symphony led by Michael Senturia also performing with the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players.
Receiving three consecutive Alfred Hertz Memorial Traveling Fellowships from U.C. Berkeley for graduate study with Alexander Treger, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ms. Hansen went on to Munich, Germany with Christiane Edinger,concert violinist and recording artist. She joined Michael Tilson Thomas’ New World Symphony in Miami Beach, where she was a concertmaster during its inaugural years. She has toured with the San Francisco Symphony in Europe and with the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta in the United States. Robin Hansen has performed extensively in the contemporary genre with the San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players, Ear Play and Composers, Inc.
Ms. Hansen just celebrated her 21st season as concertmaster with the Midsummer Mozart Festival and her association with Maestro George Cleve. Ms. Hansen performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera and has been concertmaster at the Stern Grove Festival for the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra where she holds a position of first violin. In addition, she is a member of the Skywalker Symphony which records movie and video score projects at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County.