Robin Holloway was born to American parents in New York City, but moved to Germany at a young age, where he spent his childhood. Here he studied piano from the age of 6, and became interested in ragtime as soon as his hands were able to reach an octave on the keyboard. At 14, he moved to Chicago, and pursued many interests, all the while keeping music on the back-burner. After a few years of university study in philosophy, German literature, and drama, Robin focused on jazz piano, and earned both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in this field.
Due to the rather eclectic combination of influences he has encountered over the course of his education, and life, Robinís musical style is something of a moving target. He has been heavily influenced by classical music, as his father was an opera singer, and he was exposed to gospel, folk, country and jazz from a very young age. Other musical influences, including reggae, hip-hop, electronica, and soul are also quite fundamental to his musical outlook, and Robin is continually seeking new ways of combining these influences in composition and improvisation.
While studying in Chicago, Robin became involved in a number of diverse ensembles, including the Afro-Cuban band Orchesta Juvenile, several straight-ahead jazz bands, and a Serbian-influenced new-music ensemble. He has spent the last two years in Europe, exploring the jazz scene in Helsinki, Finland during an Erasmus year at the Sibelius Academy, and more recently becoming immersed in the vast musical landscape of London.
Over the past year or so Robin has begun combining his musical experience with more theatrically oriented performing. He is involved in the ongoing development of a two-person musical-comedy cabaret, called Cosmic Jazz Cabaret, which he performs with his co-writer Ereni Mendrinos. Acting and performance bring other dimensions of experience into play, and can help to animate musical intuition and musical expression.
A fundamental question that Robin is constantly trying to answer, in his teaching as well as in his performance, is: How does one stay engaged with what one is doing?
Creative engagement is a vital component of any artistic discipline, and sometimes the tools you need for engagement lie outside the habitual realm of inquiry for a given "genre" or "style". This sort of exploration is what keeps us learning and evolving, and also encourages long-term commitment to an artistic discipline.
The more you find, the more fun it is to keep on seeking.
I hope to meet you, and best of luck with all your endeavors!