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Walter Robins

CPA , Author, Composer, now Film Producer.

Walter was born in Queensland, Australia:

Studied in the Australian Army School of Music and subsequently through the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
He has composed over 11 hours of orchestral music for ballet, opera and symphonic performance and has authored and co-produced musical theatre in Australia and in the U.S. .

 

Critiques of Public Performances of Walter’s Works

 

BALLET MUSIC AND DANCE THEATRE

 

“THE ANNEX” (BASED ON THE DIARY OF ANN FRANK) STORY ADAPTATION AND MUSIC

“With sensitivity, understanding and fine musical creativity, Walter Robins’ score for the Ann Frank Ballet recreates the emotional and physical maturing of this unusual child living in hiding. She died so young, but the music inspires us to hope that her martyrdom was not in vain”.

Margaret Gutman OAM, Jewish Board of Deputies. Sydney 14th March 199

 

“THE AMBER NECKLACES BALLET" EARLIEST MUSICAL PICTURES AND EARLIER WORKS

“Neo-classical works with wonderful overtones- it is marvellous to have such a talented Australian Composer dedicated to ballet and dance”

 

Marilyn Jones – Former Artistic Director and Ballerina. The Australian Ballet – Sydney Opera House

 

“His ballets have the right mix and variation with many beautiful descriptive sections in the score. He is certainly an inspiring composer”
 

Tanya Pearson OAM. Founding Director and Principal, Classical Coaching Academy Sydney

 

“THE AMBER NECKLACES ” FEATURE FILM PROJECT

"I would like to take the opportunity and say that Your Authentic, original scenario are much appealing and music are very memorable".

 

Russian animation artist, Natasha Khmelevska.

Professionally Natasha has worked on many animation productions well known in Europe in particular French productions, as well as providing artistic services for Hanna Barbara and Disney productions.

 

“THE AMBER NECKLACE STUDIO VERSION OF PAS DE DEIUX”


“I think it is absolutely wonderful. Congratulations and I hope this part of your dream continues to the finale. “

Barbara Eversen – Director Choreographer Australian Dance Performance Institute Brisbane

 

CRITIQUES OF OTHER WORKS

 

The Oratorio ‘Breath of God’

Jeff Todd – musician and recording engineer, Windwood Studios Lawson: “Breath of God will be recognized as the seminal work of our lifetime. It has the ability to replicate Handel’s Messiah as a required work at Easter and other religious celebrations. A truly inspired work from a contemporary music genius”

 

Matthew Jones – Australian teacher of electronic music scoring, highly sought composer of film and TV music: “It sounds absolutely wonderful!!! Congratulations, you have done a great job”.

 

Andy Busuttil - musician, Blue Mountains Sound Mastering Studio Australia”: “What this wonderful artwork by Walter demonstrated to me was that the nature of transcendence is such that its manifestation can never be brought about as a conscious act. It will arise as an irresistible, spontaneous expression, when the time is right. Walter, may God continue to breathe upon you.”

 

Rev. Dr Neil Emerson – Senior Pastor, Holy Trinity Church Wentworth Falls: “Of the many presentations of The Lord’s Prayer that I have heard over the years, this composition by Walter Robins is the most moving of them all”

 

Brett Dean – Violist and contemporary composer. Winner of the ABC Instrumental & Vocal Competition: While in the Queensland Youth Orchestra, after a reading of an orchestral draft of what was ‘given’ to Walter after meditation and was to become (unknown at the time by Walter) “The Open Door” – “must have been written after a study of Stravinsky”

 

Leslie Hunter-Webb, JP CEO of the Blue Mountains Artists Company: - Composers of oratorios of this stature are very few and far between – Scarlatti in the late 17th century, Handel in the 18th century, Mendelssohn in the early part of the 19th century, and Edward Elgar in 1900 come to mind - and it has been a privilege to be a part of and witness the birth of another wonderful oratorio “Breath of God” which Walter has created.

 

Larry Sitsky Emeritus Prof., Distinguished Visiting Fellow, School of Music, Australian National University – “his scores are presented in a professional manner and exhibit a high degree of musical literacy…We are really pleased that this opportunity for bi-national cooperation in an artistic venture may be possible with the production of this work”

 

Kathleen Torchia - Soprano, Voice Teacher and Capitol Opera Founding General Director: “This beautiful, divinely-inspired piece can move one away from sorrow into tears of joy!!”

 

Isola Jones - “Gorgeous music! Congratulations!! Isola is a World Famous Mezzo Soprano Phoenix University, Arizona – Isola is internationally recognized as an extraordinary mezzo-soprano and voice teacher. She has recorded with Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti.
"Mary's Song is exquisite and the Lord's Prayer reminds me of the great Renaissance masterpieces of Thomas Tallis. You have a marvelous talent: continue to write beautiful music!”
Warmest regards,
Isola Jones

 

Other Works

 

ORCHESTRAL – “NORTH QUEENSLAND OVERTURE” 1983

“I am proud that 4MBS was first to recognize his talents and broadcast Walter’s works which I might add received very strong listener feedback.”
Gary Thorpe – Managing Director 4MBSFM Brisbane Australia:

 

“The response among players was strong – always a good testing ground- he has obviously got talent – expect to hear more about Walter in the future”
John Curro AM MBE,- Conductor and founder of the Qld Youth Orchestras; Conductor Regional Opera Company; Senior lecturer viola and chamber music Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

 

ORCHESTRAL - "A SOLDIERS JOURNEY " 2014. A SUITE IN FOUR MOVEMENTS FOR LARGE ORCHESTRA.

"Possibly your best orchestral writing so far. Very inventive and wonderfully orchestrated"

Laima Strikulyete - Music teacher and graduated pianist Russian Conservatorium

 

OPERA MUSICAL – “THE ANCIENT MARINER” 1993

I want to congratulate you on writing such beautiful and excellent music”
Greg Whatley – Head of Music Department Qld University Gold Coast Campus

 

After listening to an instrumental arrangement of “Stand Alone” – “Made my hair stand on end”
Gary Hardman – Composer ‘Australian Screen Music’

 

I understand and very much appreciate your work. You are a real composer and I would enjoy working with you.
Tony Cox, England – Composer and Arranger for Andrew Lloyd Webber 1988-1990 and Tony Award winner for composing the musical “Cyrano” on Broadway 1993

 

The melodies are strong and most original and as good as I have sung elsewhere. I would like the opportunity to audition.”
Richard Crist – N.Y. bass. Internationally performed and acclaimed singer

 

“a…musical of tremendous magnitude. A very talented and well-disciplined cast.”
Jerry Friedman, KGO Radio, San Francisco
President, SF Critics Association

 

3 1⁄2 stars* “…a richly layered and memorable production …. it breathes its own life in the retelling.”
“The darkly sweet, foreboding musical phrases…the quick modulations from major to minor key (or the other way around)…crackling storm sounds, wave sounds, churning organ chords, driving staccato phrases and more…suddenly the barefoot sailors … deliver a tender ballad right out of a Verdi or Puccini chorus … adds a little romance to soften … by those lush Verdian refrains, it’s just the right dash of sweetener.”
Holly Johnson, Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California

 

3 stars* “I have seldom experienced anything on stage more exciting….nor anything more forceful and beautiful than the united voices of the crew.”
Marilyn Mantay, Davis Enterprise, California

 

“…transformation of such a timeless piece of literature…a viable adaptation of the original, accessible and wholly entertaining….lyrics stand alone on their own merits.”
Brian Colombo, Vallejo Times Herald, California

 

“Les Miserables, Phantom and all the rest – stand aside – The Ancient Mariner is on its way into the permanent repertoire.”
The Editor, The Sonoma Index-Tribune California

 

“I think this musical has a bright future, and you should hie thee to the theatre to see its first-ever production.”
Ted Hoffman, Vacaville Reporter, California