Mary Robb read historical musicology at King’s College, London, graduating in 2005 with BMus first class honours.
She pursued her special interest of twentieth-century serial music in her undergraduate dissertation, which considered the way in which Schoenberg articulated and communicated creation in two of his operas: Moses und Aron and Die Jakobsleiter. At King’s she also studied Religion and Philosophy and was awarded the Associateship of King’s College London (AKC).
In 2006 she completed a Masters (MMus) degree in contemporary music with Distinction at Goldsmith’s College, University of London. Her dissertation centred on a detailed analysis considering the serial function, significance and context of the trichord in the second piece of Milton Babbitt’s Three Compositions for Piano No.2, a piece which had not been analysed before.
Alongside her academic research, she studied cello at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Lionel Handy. Last year she earned a place to study with Moray Welsh at the LSO Strings Academy and was awarded the LRSM in cello performance. She currently enjoys playing with Camerata Scotland (Principal 2006) and looks forward to performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major and Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto later this year.
In September she will return to her native Scotland to begin a PhD on the chamber music of Miriam Gideon within the context of the 1950s McCarthy era at Edinburgh University.