Hometown: Maplewood, NJ
Web site: http://www.robinspielberg.com
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Robin Spielberg is one of America’s most beloved pianist/composers. With an impressive tour schedule and hundreds of thousands of recordings sold, this Steinway Artist has been winning the hearts of listeners around the world with her compelling melodies and sensitive piano technique since debuting her first recording of original solos for piano, “Heal of the Hand.”
Thousands of people have been both entertained and touched by Ms. Spielberg’s live concerts; she has toured more than any female composer/pianist in the past decade. Her natural talent for making audiences immediately comfortable transforms what could easily be an ordinary evening at the concert hall into a very special concert Event. “Robin has such a personal and expressive way of playing, and her story-telling about the origins of the music makes the pieces come alive...the evening was both touching and mesmerizing” writes Wind & Wire Magazine of Robin’s San Francisco area concert. “Robin Spielberg has an indeniable melodic gift” says New York Concert Review of Ms. Spielberg’s Carnegie Hall debut.
A prolific composer, Spielberg has fifteen recordings to her credit and appears on over 40 compilations around the world. Her discography includes albums of original piano solos, arrangements of American standards, original pieces for piano/ensemble, recordings for the holidays, and a CD of lullabies.
Her playMountain Music debut, Dreaming of Summer, earned a “Finalist Award” from New Age Voice Magazine in June 2001 in the ‘Best Acoustic Instrumental’ category and was released later in the year in Thailand, China, Hong-Kong, Korea and Malaysia, with one of the tracks also gaining popularity with audiences from its use as a soundtrack in the Korean award-winning television drama Winter Love Song. “A New Kind of Love”, the Spielberg’s newest effort, marks the artist’s return to creating the kind of music for which she is most famous: melodic soundtracks for her life journey.
Ms. Spielberg began touring the US in 1996. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in a sold-out performance at the Weill Recital Hall in 1997 and has performed there twice since. Other memorable performances include a guest spot on the PBS television special, The Soul of Christmas: A Celtic Music Celebration with Thomas Moore; live performances on CBS Saturday Morning, Good Morning Arizona, Life Time Live, CBS New Orleans, a private concert for the factory workers at the Steinway & Sons historic piano factory in New York, and a month-long concert tour through rural Montana in 2007.
Popular with Asian audiences, Robin has released two CDs in Korea and is on several compilations on Asian labels. She has twice toured in South Korea making concert appearances at the renowned Seoul Arts Center and KBS Hall. She recorded a special concert for Airiang TV which aired throughout Asia.
In the field of dance, The West Florida Youth Ballet choreographed a program of dance works based on her music, ballroom waltzes were choreographed to her piece, “Walk with Me” on both PBS’ “Great American Ballroom Challenge” and BYU Ballroom Dance Team presentations.
Robin Spielberg is a Celebrity Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association. Robin Spielberg’s interest in music and healing grew when she witnessed first-hand, the positive effect music had on her own baby daughter (born prematurely) during her four-month stay in the neo-natal intensive care unit. A CD entitled Beautiful Dreamer was the musical result of this experience, a recording of lullabies and songs for the parent & child on solo piano. Ms. Spielberg’s work with music and healing has been documented in The New York Times and in segments on LifeTime Live and ABC News. Beautiful Dreamer was hailed by Child Magazine as one of “The Best of 2000”, and also earned accolades in Parenting and The Washington Post. Robin donates $1 from the sale of each “Beautiful Dreamer” CD to music therapy research. As Spokesperson, she conducts workshops and seminars on the topic of music and healing throughout the U.S. in hospitals, schools, community centers, nursing care facilities and performing arts centers. Spielberg was the featured performer at AMTA’s national conference in Minneapolis in Fall 2003, performing for over 1300 music therapists from around the world, and will be the featured performer at the 2008 conference in St. Louis, Missouri. She has conducted workshops and seminars for AMTA throughout the US. She served as panelist on “The Transformative Power of Music” during the Pennsylvania Presenters Conference in May 2008.
Ms. Spielberg’s music has ranked in the top ten in its category on iTunes, the digital on-line music service launched by Apple. Many of her pieces have served as soundtracks to documentaries and commercials both here and abroad.
Ms. Spielberg graduated with high honors and a BFA from New York University. She currently resides in rural Pennslyvania with her husband/business partner, their ten year old daughter and two cats.
Photos, interviews, reviews, a listening room. video clips of performances and current touring itinerary can be found on the artist’s web site at www.robinspielberg.com. Robin Spielberg is represented on tour by SMG Artists (www.SMGartists.com).
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