Daren Robbins has been on the faculty of the College of Music at Mahidol University (Bangkok, Thailand) since 2008. He teaches horn, brass literature and pedagogy, and coaches chamber music, as well as serves as manager of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also an active member of the International Horn Society where he serves as Regional Coordinator for Thailand and served for ten years as Editor of the Online Music Library.
Daren maintains an active and multi-faceted performance career. He has conducted solo recitals and masterclasses at universities throughout the U.S. as well as Europe and Asia. He has performed and presented at International Symposiums in Australia, Europe and the U.S. and has recently been featured at the Beijing International Horn Festival and the Asian Horn Festival in Tokyo, Japan. He has performed with orchestras throughout Southeast Asia. Additional orchestral experience includes performances with the Mobile Symphony, La Crosse Symphony and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He is an avid proponent of chamber music, having twice been a finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and having performed internationally with various chamber ensembles.
Daren’s students have enjoyed exceptional success. His students perform in the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Sun Symphony Orchestra, Bandung Philharmonic, among others. His student chamber ensembles have performed and won awards on four continents. He holds a D.M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.M. from University of North Texas, and a B.M. from the University of Iowa. His doctoral dissertation project led to the creation of the website www.hornexcerpts.org which is the most frequently visited horn-related website on the internet. His principal teaches include Douglas Hill, William Scharnberg and Kristin Thelander.
2001 – University of Wisconsin-Madison – Doctor of Musical Arts
1998 – University of North Texas – Master of Music
1996 – University of Iowa – Bachelor of Music