Born in Tennessee to a family of actors, writers, dancers, and musicians, Paula Robison spent her childhood in Southern California, and was early on a student of music, theater and dance. When she was twelve years old, music claimed her heart and she knew she wanted to become a flutist. Study at the Juilliard School followed. When she was twenty years old, no less Leonard Bernstein invited her to be a soloist with the New York Philharmonic. Soon after that Paula Robison became the first American to win First Prize at the Geneva International Competition, and her career as a world-traveling groundbreaking flute soloist was launched. When the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center was formed Ms. Robison was invited to join as a founding Artist Member. A passionate advocate for new music, Paula Robison has commissioned works by Leon Kirchner, Toru Takemitsu, Robert Beaser, Kenneth Frazelle, Oliver Knussen, and Lowell Liebermann, and premiered music by Pierre Boulez, Alberto Ginastera, Elliott Carter, William Schuman, Kieth Jarrett, and Carla Bley, among many others.
Paula Robison's recordings for Vanguard Records brought her amazing talent to an even wider audience, and were acclaimed upon their release both for their artistic and technical excellence.
The Art of Paula Robison brings together a selection of her Vanguard discography, showcasing her eclectic repertoire and musical versatility in partnership with world-class artists.