In response to the question why, Robinson responded,
Classical music makes me feel so very rich and I want to share the treasure outside the family. Sharing is a natural extension to being an artist. It’s like a diamond with many facets to look inside; there are many ways to serve the same beliefs.
Rick Robinson, who has performed with many of the world’s leading conductors, soloists and composers, originally developed CutTime ensembles, their catalog and compositions to become new arms for the Detroit Symphony to embrace its surrounding communities. Now he shares the matured mission nationally, bending the classical model to better serve humanity its own legacy via radical empathy, inspired by such leaders as Thich Nhat Hanh, his father David E. Robinson II and the conductor Thomas Wilkins.
Robinson was hailed by Crain’s Detroit Business as a social entrepreneur in 2013, adding that he ”is bringing classical music to the masses— which may be one of the most challenging jobs in all of music.” That year Robinson won an Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to expand the popular club series, Classical Revolution Detroit, now in its 6th year.
Now known as Mr. CutTime, he has performed residencies and seminars with the Hot Springs Music Festival, Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Mallarme Chamber Players, Gateways Music Festival, Lake George Music Festival and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. He has presented his ideas to the League of American Orchestras, the New York State Council for the Arts, SphinxCon and NPR.
Robinson enjoys road cycling, sailing and reading. He speaks some German and Spanish.