Robin Cox is a composer and violinist known for performances of his own work and those of other contemporary composers. As director of The Robin Cox Ensemble, he has performed his music over one hundred times throughout the United States and produced two critically acclaimed CD recordings. He is also an active concert producer, leading a highly successful mixed-media presenting series in Santa Barbara as Executive Director of Iridian Arts, Inc.
Dr. Cox holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, University of Michigan, and the University of Miami, studying with composers Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, Donald Grantham, Dennis Kam, and Dan Welcher.
For his efforts in promotion of contemporary American music, he recently received the 2004 ASCAP Deems Taylor Internet Award and articles in the Los Angeles Times and Symphony Magazine for his internet broadcasting on Iridian Radio. He also was awarded the 2002 and 2003 Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music for Modern Dance and continues to collaborate with his wife, Stephanie Nugent, and many other choreographers and video artists.
His many commissions and grants include awards from the American Composers Forum, American Music Center, California State University, Long Beach, New Horizons Chamber Ensemble, Santa Barbara Dance Theatre, Livingston Dance, The Carolina Brass Trio, Pacific Chamber Soloists, Fairbanks Symphony Association, percussion solist Scott Deal, and The San Diego/Tijuana New Music Festival.
He has previously served on the faculty of UC Santa Barbara, Califonia State University, Los Angeles, Chapman University, North Carolina Governor's School, and co-produced the Miami contemporary music series Music at Twilight.