Dillon Robb

Violin

Hometown: Winchester, VA

Alma mater: The Boston Conservatory, B.M., M.M.

Instagram: @dilfitz14

Photos by Matt Dine

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Awards/Competitions: Best Contemporary Performance, 2014 MA-ASTA String Competition

Appearances: Albany Symphony, 2018; Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, 2016–17; Castleton Festival, VA, 2015; National Orchestra Institute, MD, 2014

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? I always knew I wanted to be a performer, and between my passions of ballet and violin, I chose to pursue violin because of the higher probability of a life-long career.

Who is your biggest inspiration? My husband, Weiqiao; he is a ridiculously talented violinist and person, and has such a beautiful outlook on the world.

Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most? I connect the most with music by my contemporaries. I love working with living composers to bring their pieces to life, but I suppose it is a bit easier to understand where your friends are coming from than composers who have been dead for a long time.

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it? Right now it’s split between No More Tears (enough is enough) by Donna Summer & Barbara Streisand and Brahms’ Horn Trio because they perfectly encapsulate my past summer.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? In 2013, I went on a rafting trip with a string quartet on the Green River in Utah. We loaded our instruments in a big waterproof box atop a raft, and over the course of 8 days of traveling down the river, performed in huge natural amphitheaters in the desert. The acoustics were amazing, and it was surreal playing great music in such an idyllic place.

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Do not invest your time in developing yourself into other people’s visions of you. Be fearless in expressing your goals clearly so your teachers and peers can help you achieve your dreams, because they do want to help you, but they need to know in which direction to push.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why? I loved traveling to China two summers ago because it was a huge culture shock in the best way possible—and I gained 15lbs in a month because the food is so good.

Which three people, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with and why? Stravinsky, Diaghilev, and Coco Chanel all together—how creative would that conversation be with the perfect amount of narcissism and sass?

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: I love to watch Bollywood movies . . . but who doesn’t??

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Practice so that the music is an expression of yourself; the only reason orchestras still exist is because they are made up of real people!