Robin Bigwood

Robin BigwoodI grew up near Bristol, UK and studied piano and violin from an early age, as well as playing keyboards in various shows, recording and writing using simple studio equipment of the day. I attended the Royal College of Music in London in the early 1990s, briefly studied piano with Irina Zaritskaya (but the Chopin-heavy diet didn’t suit me), and then later focused on harpsichord with Robert Woolley (which was a lot more fun). While I was there I was generously supported by The Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Wolfson Foundation. In 1995 I won the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition and, as a member of Passacaglia, was a prizewinner in the Early Music Network Competition in York.

After a somewhat bleak decade in school teaching I committed fully to harpsichord performance and recording work, wondered why on earth I hadn’t done it before, and haven’t looked back since. I’m married to the recorder player and flautist Annabel Knight – we live in a cottage reworked by Edwin Lutyens near Dorking, Surrey, UK. Personal interests include cycling, mountaineering and photography.

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