Dr. Michael Robinson, Jr. is from Charleston, SC, where he attended Burke High School under the direction of Linard McCloud. Currently, Dr. Robinson is the Lecturer of Trombone at Mahidol University College of Music, and the Principal Trombone with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a performer, he was awarded a 2-year contract as Detroit Symphony Orchestra Fellow from 2007 to 2009. He has held positions as 2nd trombone with Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Bay Symphony and Canton Symphony, and as a principal with West Michigan Symphony. He has also subbed with Grand Rapids Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. Aside from classical music, he has performed in several Broadway pit orchestras at the Fisher Theater in Detroit, Wharton Center in East Lansing, Strahan Theatre in Toledo and Devos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids. He is also a member of Variance Brass Quintet, which comprised of members from his undergraduate studies. Most recently, he was appointed as the trombone instructor and the artist in residence of Penang International Brass Festival in Malaysia. Additionally, he was selected as an assistant instructor at Joseph Alessi Seminar and Asia Brass Festival in Shanghai, China, in July 2019.
His summer festivals include Aspen Music Festival, Bay View Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra and Spoleto Festival USA. In the summers of 2005 and 2006, he toured around South America and Europe with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, under the baton of Carlos Prieto and Gustavo Dudamel. He is a two-time winner of Tuesday Musical Solo Competition in Akron, Ohio. He has also won the concerto competition as a student at Shenandoah University and Michigan State University.
Dr. Robinson received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Shenandoah University, Master of Music along with an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University where he was a University Distinguished Fellow.