Robin Kesselman was appointed principal bass of the Houston Symphony in December 2014. He has performed as guest principal bass with the Saint Paul Chamber and Israel Philharmonic orchestras, travelled internationally with both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and appeared with the National, Atlanta, and Baltimore symphony orchestras.
Mr. Kesselman frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician and has given master classes around the United States and abroad. During the 2016–17 season, he is featured as a soloist performing Serge Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto with the Houston Symphony. He has also performed as a soloist at Zankel Hall as a part of the Curtis Chamber Orchestra’s residency with Krzysztof Penderecki, performing the composer’s Duo Concertante.
Mr. Kesselman grew up in a musical family in Wheaton, Ill. He began his undergraduate studies at the Colburn School before completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Southern California in 2012. He received an artist diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. His primary teachers have been David Allen Moore, Harold Robinson, Edgar Meyer, Paul Ellison, Chris Hanulik, and Virginia Dixon.