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DON ROBIN was six years old when he began studying music. He studied with various teachers in the Chicago Area. At age ten he became very interested in Jazz and popular music and studied with Bob Ravenscrof, a composition and performance major at Northwestern University. Focusing on both classic and jazz music, at fourteen Don began his studies with Alan Swain, a prominent pianist and teacher in the Chicago area. In high school, Don was pianist with the New Trier Jazz Ensemble who took first place in the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux Switzerland.

At sixteen Don began playing professionally, accompanying various singers and playing in various groups in the Chicago Area. Don won a scholarship to the Berkelee School of Music in Boston in1976. After high school, Don studied piano with Herman Shapiro, professor of piano at DePaul University. Mr. Shapiro was a student of Rudolph Ganz at the Chicago Musical College. In 1980 Don moved to New York City and studied piano with Carl Mosbacher at theMannes School of Music. Don settled in the Bay Area in 1986 and studied piano with Julian White, William Corbett Jones at San Francisco State University and finished a B.A. in piano with Ellen Wasserman at Hayward State.

Don has taught piano in his studio in Emeryville. He is enthusiastic about accepting students of any age or level and comfortable teaching jazz, popular or classic music. Don has a great love for music and is eager to communicate and properly educate young students.

Last Updated: Oct. 13, 1999