Robin Versteeg founded Cairngorm Music in the summer of 2016. Moving with his wife and two young sons to the village of Dulnain Bridge represents the realisation of a long-held dream – to live and work in a very special part of the Scottish Highlands which he knows and loves, and which is an inspirational place to make music and to teach. As a highly experienced classical musician he combines varied performing activities with a passionate approach to working with young people.
Robin was born and brought up in Edinburgh, and read music at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a first class BMus degree and studying piano with Audrey Innes and Richard Beauchamp. Moving to London as a postgraduate, Robin studied on the highly regarded piano accompaniment course at the Royal Academy of Music, also obtaining an LRAM in instrumental teaching. Whilst at the Academy, Robin was taught by Michael Dussek, Malcolm Martineau and Graeme Humphrey, and was awarded one of the prestigious Musicians Benevolent Fund prizes for accompanists. Since returning to Scotland in 2006, Robin has developed a varied career as pianist, teacher, conductor and church musician. Choral music has played a central role in Robin’s working life over the past decade. He is a former musical director of Eastwood Choral Society, Cumbernauld Choir and Cunninghame Choir, and in addition to conducting numerous works from the main canon of sacred choral music, he has become known for his innovative approach to concert programming and has shown a notable commitment to contemporary music in performances of large-scale pieces by composers such as Bob Chilcott, Peter Maxwell Davies, Karl Jenkins and Will Todd. He directed the world premiere of Maciej Granat’s Requiem in Ayrshire in May 2015. Robin is Organist and Choirmaster at Old High church in Inverness. Also in demand as a writer, Robin has authored programme notes for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.