Malachy Robinson

Instruments: Double Bass | Strings

Malachy is a prize-winning graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music and holds a Masters degree in Historical Musicology from the University of London.

He is a dedicated chamber musician, as passionate about Early Music as he is about New Music. He is a founder of the Gregory Walkers, a group performing “Early Music from Ireland and beyond” in which he plays the viola da gamba, and is director of the Robinson Panoramic Quartet, a revelatory alternative to the standard string quartet.

Principal double-bass with the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 1995, he is also a founder member of the cutting-edge Crash Ensemble as well as appearing with period-instrument orchestras such as The Sixteen, the English Concert, the OAE and the Academy of Ancient Music. His Far Flung Trio released their album Live at the Large Room in 2019 and are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a national tour in 2024

He was a founder member of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and of the quintet Lunfardia led by Argentinean guitarist Ariel Hernandez, which received four-star reviews from the press for their recordings.

He has performed with the Vanbrugh, NavarraCallino, Parisii, T’ang, Con Tempo and Vogler String Quartets, the Phoenix Piano TrioDaghda Dance Company, the Brian Byrne Big Band, and theatrical diva Camille O’Sullivan.

He has also been featured as double bass soloist, notably in Zoran Eric’s concerto “Off” and Ian Wilson’s double concerto “the Seventh Seal”, both performed with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. His solo album the Irish Double Bass was released in 2021.

Arts Council - funding music
Crespo Foundation
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
RTE Lyric FM
Creative Places West Cork Islands
Irish Examiner
Maritime Hotel
IMRO - Irish Music Rights Organisation