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Catherine Robbin:  Bio & Awards



One of Canada's best known mezzo-sopranos, Catherine Robbin has established an international reputation since her debut in 1972, performing with leading conductors throughout the world. She is at ease in a wide range of vocal music but is particularly noted for her interpretations of Baroque and Romantic repertoire. Having had an illustrious international performing career with numerous operatic appearances, concert and recital performances and recordings, Miss Robbin has now retired from performance and is completely
dedicated to teaching, privately and most especially as Director of Vocal studies at York University. She is often called upon to adjudicate and to give masterclasses at universities across Canada and for young artists intensive programs such as Tafelmusik’s Summer Baroque Summer Institute and Toronto’s Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. Catherine is President of the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation, an organization that supports young Canadian artists studying and performing in the Britten-Pears Young Artists program in the UK. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.


1993 - Juno Award
Tafelmusik: Floridante: Handel, Alan Curtis

1992 - Grammy Award Nomination
Messiah: Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman

1992 - Grand Prix du Disque
Beatrice et Benedict: Lyon Opera Orchestra, John Nelson

1990 - Gramophone Record of the Year (Gramophone magazine)
Beethoven : Missa Solemnis, Deutsche Grammophon, John Eliot Gardiner

1985 - Juno Award Nomination
Marquis Records: Catherine Robbin Recital

1979 - Benson & Hedges Gold Award (Aldeburgh, England)
Gold Award – First Prize

1978 - Concours International de Geneve
Silver Medal

1978 - Concours International de Chant de Paris
Premier Prix – Melodies Francaises






Last updated: September 6, 2005