Director of Intensive Strings
Robyn Julyan has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician throughout the United States, Europe, and Singapore.
As a chamber musician and soloist, Robyn has been a featured performer in festivals and concerts around the country, including the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, Loon Lake Live Festival, Friends of Chamber Music Denver, Regis University’s Inspired Performances Faculty Series, Piccolo Spoleto Festival’s Spotlight Series, the Charleston Chamber Players, the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and the Breckenridge Music Festival’s Winter Series. She has held positions with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, and the Sarasota Opera. She is currently a member of the Opera Colorado Orchestra, and plays frequently with the Colorado and Atlanta Symphonies.
Passionate about performing the works of living composers, Robyn is a member of the Playground Ensemble, the Front Range’s premier new music ensemble, in residence at Metro State University, and performs each August as a tenured member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California.
Ms. Julyan has been a member of the string faculty at Regis University since 2011, where she teaches applied violin and is the Chamber Area coordinator. In 2016, she joined the faculty of Orvieto Musica as Director of the Intensive Strings program, a chamber music performance workshop in Orvieto, Italy.
Robyn Julyan holds a Master’s of Music in Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with department head David Updegraff. She received her Bachelor’s in Music Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, where she studied with Tokyo Quartet member Martin Beaver and Herbert Greenberg, former Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony. Her chamber music training includes working with members of the Cleveland, Cavani, Miami, Tokyo, and Juilliard quartets, among others.
She lives in Denver with her husband, Benjamin Tomkins and their dog, Amelia, and 2 cats, Milo and Reggie. In some of her spare time, she teaches and trains aerial circus arts.
Intensive Strings Guest Artist
Alessandro Cervo is well known as a soloist, concertmaster, chamber musician and recording artist throughout Italy, across Europe and in 11 other countries in Asia, and in North and South America. Born in Naples in 1974 he graduated with highest honors from the Conservatory “L. Refice” of Forsinone, where he studied with Giulio Franzetti (former concertmaster of the orchestra of Teatro alla Scala and former first violinist with the Quartetto di Milano), Giusto Cappone (former principal violist with the Berlin Philharmonic), Gabriele Pieranunzi and Leon Spierer (former concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic).
Mr. Cervo has served as concertmaster of several orchestras, among them the “Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma” of the Cassa di Risparmio Foundation (from 2003-2006); the “Haydn Symphony” of Bolzano and Trento, the “Orchestra del Teatro Lirico” of Cagliari, the “International Orchestra of Italy” and the “New Scarlatti Orchestra” of Naples, with whom he has also often performed as a concerto soloist. In his capacity as concertmaster he has been heard as a soloist in much of the standard repertoire, including in performances of the Strauss tone poems: “Ein Heldenleben”, “Also Sprach Zarathustra” and “Don Quixote”. He has also served as concertmaster of the orchestra of the “Teatro Marrucino” in Chieti and, since 2010, as the concertmaster of the “Philharmonic Orchestra Marchigiana.” For the 2007-2008 season, he was invited as the first part of the “Orchestra del Teatro Massimo” of Palermo.
Working with Mr. Cervo was one of the highlights of my experience in Orvieto. He inspired us to find our own voice as an ensemble while honing our interpretation of the piece. On top of that, his welcoming personality allowed us to not be afraid to try different things.
Alessandro’s beautifully poetic instruction gives freedom and inspiration, and his warmth invites you to unlock your inner musicality in response.
As a soloist, Mr. Cervo has given the world premieres of works by Aldo Clementi, Sylvano Bussotti, Francesco Pennisi, Luis de Pablo, Fabrizio Festa and Raffaele Bellafronte. Fabrizio Bastianini dedicated his concerto for violin, piano and orchestra to Mr. Cervo who premiered it with the Symphony Orchestra of Rome.
As a recording artist, Mr. Cervo has made recordings for Ricordi, Universal, Amadeus, Sheva, Egea and Dinamic. He has led postgraduate courses in violin performance, as a master teacher for Spazio Musica of Orvieto, for the Conservatory in Fermo and for the performer’s certificate program in Saluzzo. He has also given master classes in Brasilia, for Orvieto Musica and at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Active also as a chamber musician in various groups and principally with the Bottesini Quintet, he has performed live on euroRai at the Quirinale, and in prestigious venues like the Parco della Musica di Roma, and at the Art Institute in Chicago. In Washington, D.C. he performed at the invitation of President George Napolitano.
In concert Mr. Cervo alternates the instruments he plays, among them a “Stefano Scarampella” of 1904, an “Antonio Gragnani” of 1776 and a “Bernardo Calcanius” of 1737.