Robin Estrada ranks among the bold and innovative talents in Philippine composition today. His works meld Western forms with Southeast Asian musical styles that accentuate the finesse and fire of the region’s cultural diversity. His pieces evoke a unique sound that brings Asia to the world of contemporary art music.
Robin is presently pursuing his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of the Philippines and completed his M.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Estrada’s works have been performed at several international settings such as the 19th Conference and Festival of Asian Composers’ League in Taiwan, American Choral Directors Association Conference in the United States, Polyfollia Festival in France, Nagano Music Festival in Japan, Federation Music Week-Contemporary Music of Australia and Asia Pacific in Australia, International Kammerchör Wettbewerb in Germany, Grand Prix Europeén du Chant Choral, Hungary and Asian Composers League Festival in Indonesia.
Estrada is a Quimson Fellow of the Asian Cultural Council. He is also the recipient of the Nicola di Lorenzo Prize for his choral piece Et Apertum est Templum, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Choral Composition Contest First Prize for Aire de Nocturno, and the I Concurso Coral de Ateneo Musica Nova Award for Awit ni Solomon for 16 female voices. Pangadi for alto, violin, oboe, percussion, and saron was the Philippines’ entry to the Asian Composers’ League Young Composer Award.
Robin is the composer-in-residence for the Ateneo Chamber Singers and was composer-in-residence for the SF Choral Artist in 2008
He has received commissions from different performing groups in the Bay Area and in the Philippines and his works have been performed by notable groups including the Empyrean Ensemble, Volti, San Francisco Choral Artist, Ateneo Chamber Singers, Philippine Madrigal Singers, and the Australian Chamber Choir.