Malachy Robinson


Malachy Robinson currently teaches double bass in specialist areas to third-level students at RIAM.

He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and graduated with the Dove Memorial Prize for the highest grade in his year. He then took a Master’s degree in historical musicology at the University of London.

Since 1995 Malachy has been principal bass with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He has also been with Dublin’s new-music Crash Ensemble since its inception, and is currently resident conductor as well as bassist. He is also a member of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and in the field of early music plays viola da gamba as well as double bass.

Malachy teaches on the Master's programme in String Chamber Music at the University of Limerick. He is also a tutor at the Dublin Youth Orchestras Chamber Music Summer School annually. He has coached young string players for the National Youth Orchestra and the Concorda Summer School.

Areas of specialisation

Early music, contemporary music, chamber music. His 2001 album, The Irish Double Bass features eight contemporary Irish works for bass, many composed for him.

Select Discography

The Irish Double Bass (released 2021)

The Far Flung Trio: Live at the Large Room (released 2020)

Lunfardia: Picada pa’ Cinco (2008) and Acollarados (2010)

Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Irish Baroque Orchestra: many albums since 1995