Winner of the Avery Fisher Recital Award, the Piatigorsky Memorial Award, the Pro Musicis Award, and a Grammy Nominee, cellist Sharon Robinson is recognized worldwide as a consummate artist and one of the most outstanding musicians of our time. Whether as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, or member of the world-famous Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, critics, audiences and fellow musicians respond to what the Indianapolis Star has called "A cellist who has simply been given the soul of Caruso."

Highly sought after for her dynamic master classes, she brings insight to her teaching from the rare combination of her lifetime experiences as member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Ciompi String Quartet of Duke University, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, plus countless solo recitals and concerto performances. She is the Founding Director of the Advanced Piano Trio Program at CIM, as well as the director of the Cleveland chapter of Music for Food, which has raised funds to provide thousands of meals for food-challenged families in the Cleveland area. 

View a cello lesson with Sharon Robinson

Hear Robinson perform Brahms' Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38

Hear Robinson perform Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19


  • North Carolina School of the Arts
  • University of Southern California in Los Angeles
  • BM, Peabody Institute in Baltimore

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music (2012–present)
  • Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (2005–2012)
    • Tenured professor
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • Duke University