A cum laude English major from Davidson College, Joseph Robinson has authored important articles in support of the performing arts and music education in America. The following are articles by and about Mr. Robinson:
Apr. 2000, Harmony
By Joseph Robinson. Positing that the resounding success of the “Three Tenors” concerts should be
attributed to the inherent competition among the soloists, Robinson offers the
suggestion that well-organized performance competitions between orchestras
would help rejuvenate interest in classical music performance.
Autumn 1995, The Wilson Quarterly
By Joseph Robinson. Despite more than three decades of generous private and government support for the arts, arts education in the United States can boast of only meager results. In this time of diminished funding and growing skepticism, the solo oboist of the New York Philharmonic explains what was so crucial in his own musical education-and why it is precisely what is missing, and needed, in arts education today.
May 1987, The Instrumentalist; reprinted in 1996, The Double Reed
By Joseph Robinson. Quoting Marcel Tabuteau precisely, in this article Mr. Robinson clarifies his great teacher's pedagogical paradox that oboists need not inhale before playing.
Jan. 17, 2010, Winston-Salem Journal
Article announcing Joseph Robinson's 2010 return to the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, following a 32-year absence.
Feb. 10, 2010, The Musician's Way BlogIn this two-part interview with Gerald Klickstein for The Musician’s Way Blog, Joseph Robinson speaks about music making, artistic development, and various aspects of living the orchestral musician’s life.
Feb. 12, 2005, New York Times
Article about Mr. Robinson's retirement from the New York Philharmonic.
Dec. 12, 1999, NPR Weekend All Things Considered
NPR interview with Johanna Johnson, a young woman whose unusual request to the Make-A-Wish Foundation was realized in 1999. While most applicants seek to meet a movie star or take a trip, Johnson, who is recovering from Hodgkin's disease, chose to study the oboe with Joseph Robinson, Principal Oboe with the New York Philharmonic. To her surprise, she was asked to perform with them. Robinson also shares his advice on playing a better oboe.
Dec. 11, 1999, New York Times