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CV & Bio

Robyn Jacob is a pianist, singer, composer and educator living and working from the unceded territories of the Sḵwxwú7mesh, Xʷməθkʷəyəm and Səl’il’wətaʔ Nations. She has toured Canada and internationally with her avant-pop project Only A Visitor, who have recently released their fourth album Decay on Mint Records.


Her compositions include commissions by Grammy winning Third Coast Percussion, Architek Percussion, So Percussion, Chor Leoni, and Little Chamber Music, and collaborations with visual artists and instrument makers.

In 2020 she celebrated the release of Earth Leaps Up on the label elsewhere music with her duo The Giving Shapes in collaboration with harpist Elisa Thorn.


Since 2012 she has been part of the multi-disciplinary collective Publik Secrets, currently artists in residence at the Hadden Park Field House with the City of Vancouver.


In 2013 she toured Bali with Gamelan Gita Asmara, and has since been co-leading Gamelan Bike Bike.

Robyn is a highly qualified teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience, working in both one-on-one and group contexts, as well as in-person and online. Her piano studio is not just a place to learn music, but a place to experience music as a community.

Visit Robyn's teaching website.

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Curriculum Vitae



  • Bachelor of Music (BMus 2011), University of British Columbia

  • Music for Young Children Certified Teacher 2012

  • ARCT Teacher's and Performance Certificates with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Piano


Ensembles & Bands

  • The Giving Shapes: piano and harp duo (Composer/Collaborator) 2017-present

  • Only A Visitor: Avant-Pop Band (Bandleader/Composer) 2014-present

  • Gamelan Bike Bike: Balinese Gamelan Orchestra (Co-Director/Composer) 2013-present

  • Gamelan Gita Asmara: Balinese Gamelan Orchestra (Performer) 2009-2013





  • When The Memory Dies With The Body, It Is Still Held In Time, 6', commissioned by re:Naissance Opera and Early Music Vancouver

  • Ripple, Pitch, Rise, Ritual, 6', commissioned by Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra

  • (wo)moon walk, 16', commissioned by Duo D'Entre-Deux

  • What Are You Going Through, 4', commissioned by Chor Leoni

  • Tensile Sunday, 3', commissioned by Cole Schmidt

  • Music for Hyper Organ, 40', co-composed with George Rahi



  • Collective Ungraspable for 9 high hats, 9 snares, and 3 marimbas, 15’, commissioned by So Percussion

  • New Forevers for percussion quartet, 15’, commissioned by Architek Percussion

  • Strung On A Vine for violin and cello, 5’, commissioned by Orbit Duo


  • Little Shrimp music for audio play, 30’, commissioned by Carousel Theatre, developed with Nancy Tam, Howard Dai,

  • Natalie Gan and Derek Chan

  • Pith for solo vibraphone, 3’, commissioned by Katie Rife

  • A Versus Complex for 3 speakers and player piano, 24’, commissioned by Vines Festival for the Arts, Vancouver


  • Lines Between for piano, violin, bass clarinet, cello, flute and marimba, 7’, commissioned by Continuum Music Toronto

  • for their HATCH mentorship program

  • A World In Each for 52 strings, 8’, commissioned by Little Chamber Music Series, Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver

  • Transference and Zoosemiotics for percussion quartet, 15', commissioned by Third Coast Percussion, premiered at New

  • Music Gathering

  • Fossil Record for 3 voices, field recordings, and electronics, 6’, commissioned by Vines Festival for the Arts, Vancouver


  • Ledgers for three vocalists wearing acoustic amplifying cones, 6', commissioned by Mike Bourscheid premiered at the Vancouver Art Gallery

  • drift no. 2 for 3 voices and electro-mechanical bells, 7', commissioned by the River Clyde Pageant

  • Third Space music for dance, voice, synth, and percussion, 45', commissioned by Isabelle Kerouac


  • Next Time for soprano and cello, 6', commissioned by Juxtatonal contemporary ensemble in Detroit

  • drift for 3 voices and George Rahi's installation no tree is untouched by the wind, 12', premiered at Hadden Park,

  • Vancouver

  • Visiting The Well for 4 high voices, 5', premiered at the Banff Centre for the Ar

  • Murmuration for 7 pianos, 20', commissioned by Khan Lee, Robson Square, Vancouver

  • The Best Classical Music Ever, for 7 pianos, 23', commissioned by Khan Lee, Robson Square, Vancouver

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