Mary Kay Robinson, Flute/Piccolo

Mary Kay Robinson


Flutist Mary Kay Robinson has risen to prominence in the United States as a versatile musician, balancing roles as soloist, orchestral, chamber musician, teacher and executive leadership in the arts.

She is a regular guest artist and has toured with the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Kansas City, Toledo and Cleveland, among others. …“dazzling virtuosity…a hugely talented and exciting soloist” critics heralded of her New York solo debut, where she performed two concerti on two different instruments on the same program. She has been a featured soloist with the Southern Tier Symphony (NY), Cleveland Pops at Severance Hall, the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. She is the Principal Flute of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and Founder/Director of the award winning mixed chamber ensemble, Panorámicos, whose debut CD was hailed as “Top Pick of North America”… by Gramophone Magazine, and is the premiere recording of the “Hebert Variations” for Piccolo and Piano, which she commissioned for her former teacher Piccolo legend William Hebert. Other orchestras include Blossom Festival Orchestra, the Grammy award winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Red {an orchestra}, New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and the Playhouse Square Orchestra.

She enjoys a musical career made up of diverse performing and recording, collaborations with living composers and guiding aspiring musicians. Ms. Robinson is a frequently featured soloist on many instruments in the flute family including piccolo, alto flute, penny whistle and panpipes. She has premiered hundreds of new works and is the winner of numerous solo and chamber competitions. Festivals include the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Grand Teton Festival and the Odenwald Festspiele, Germany.

She is the former Chair of the National Flute Association’s Piccolo Committee and Piccolo Artist Competition and founded the Greater Cleveland Flute Society.   She has championed the commissioning of new solo and chamber works for Flute, Piccolo and Alto Flute, and can be heard on recordings by Polyhymnia, Hyperion, Azica, TelArc, and Albany Records.

Currently on the faculties of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music where she teaches Chamber Music, Flute and Piccolo and previously, Ithaca College. Her students include many competition winners and highly distinguished performers, and she is a frequent clinician and judge for competitions.

She is Executive Director of Panorámicos, Fund Administrator for the Bascom Little Fund, and is a consultant with arts organizations throughout the United States. Previously she was the Operations Manager for ChamberFest Cleveland, Director of Chamber Music Connection CLV!, and a Trustee of the Bascom Little Fund.