In response to the question why, Robinson responded,
I began to ask myself, what good is classical music if it doesn’t also work outside the silence of our concert sanctuaries? What good are we musicians if we can’t connect our music to anyone outside the arts bubble? We can offer casual starter activities.
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 arms for the Detroit Symphony to embrace its surrounding communities. He now shares these methods nationally, bending the classical traditions 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. He creates surprise and optimism to seed cooperation and humanitarianism.
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 (soon to have a new name).
Now known as Mr. CutTime, Robinson 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, TEDx Detroit and NPR.
Robinson enjoys road cycling, sailing and magazine reading. He speaks some German and Spanish.