Sandra Robbins graduated from the Manhattan School of Music after studying viola in both the preparatory and college divisions with Lillian Fuchs. At an early age, her love of chamber music was fostered by studies with the Budapest String Quartet and at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School in Blue Hill, Maine.
Ms. Robbins has been a member of the Ysaye Quartet, the Paganini Trio, and the Bronx Arts Ensemble, and has performed in chamber music concerts with Nathaniel Rosen, Julius Baker, Elmar Oliveira, Zara Nelsova, Laszlo Varga, Carol Wincenc and Paul Doktor. She has participated in the festivals of Aspen, Amelia Island, Caramoor, Grand Teton, Vermont Mozart, Seattle Chamber Music, Bard Festival, Festival Musicades in Lyon, France, Kneisel Hall and Bowdoin Summer Musical, and Park City, Utah. She is a member of the Westchester Philharmonic and American Composers Orchestra, and is currently principal violist of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. She has taught on the faculties of Cornell, SUNY Geneseo, and Syracuse University.
Ms. Robbins has recorded for Newport Classics, New World Records, and can be heard on the world premiere recording of Max Bruch’s recently published Viola Quintet in A Minor (1919) on Premier Recordings with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, as well as on the Elan label in a performance of the Martinu Three Madrigals for violin and viola with violinist Elmar Oliveira. She is also featured on a recording of Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet with Elmar Oliveira and pianist Robert Koenig on the Artek label.