Robin Sutherland, holder of the Jean & Bill Lane Chair, studied with Rosina Lhevinne at the Juilliard School and with Paul Hersh at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. While still an undergraduate there, he was appointed principal pianist of the San Francisco Symphony by Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Sutherland was for thirty seasons co-director of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival in Colorado. A frequent soloist with the Orchestra, he has been featured in Leonard Bernstein's Age of Anxiety with Seiji Ozawa, and in San Francisco and on tour with Michael Tilson Thomas. More recently, Mr. Sutherland’s harpsichord playing was featured in the SFS’s performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major in May 2012. His recording of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations was released in 1996 on the d’Note label.
Robin Sutherland has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.