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Robin Toan

Lecturer, Music
School of Creative Industries
Location: Building 006, Room 2040


MMus NZ School of Music BMus (Hons) Auckland ATCL (Associate in Clarinet) Trinity AMusTCL (Associate in Musical Theory, Criticism & Literature) Trinity

Professional memberships

Member of CANZ (Composers Association of NZ)
Member of APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association)


Robin Toan graduated from the University of Auckland in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music degree in composition and clarinet performance. In 2007 she received a Master of Music degree from the New Zealand School of Music.

Her musical works have been performed by prominent artists and ensembles including

  • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
  • Stroma
  • Auckland Philharmonia
  • 175 East
  • Manukau Symphony Orchestra and
  • John Chen.

Robin has received a number of awards and prizes including the Edwin Carr Foundation Scholarship and the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) Professional Development Award.

She has been the winner of the ADAM International Cello Competition Young Composers Competition, the NZSO NYO Young Composer-in-Residence Award, the NZSO/Todd Corporation Young Composers Award, the Philip Neill Memorial Prize and received a Victoria University of Wellington Graduate Award.

In 2009, she received the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ) Trust Fund Award for outstanding potential and achievement in New Zealand composition.


Toan, R. (2018). Chroma for flute and harp. Auckland, New Zealand, Performance (Germany).

Toan, R. (2018). Soar for solo clarinet. Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Toan, R. (2013). Tag for two celli composition. Cello2ette, July 24, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Toan, R. (2013). Mirrors for cello and piano. Performed by Andrea Mundy (cello) John-Paul Muir (piano). 6 January, 2014. St Peter's Church, 90 Kensington Park Road, London, U.K.

Toan, R. (2012). Mallet for solo Flute. Music Theatre, Auckland. Performed by Liam Mallett. 22 August 2012.

Toan, R. (2011). Concertino for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon. TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, Manukau.

Toan, R. (2011). Pre-concert talk before the Manukau Symphony Orchestra premieres my Concertino on May 21, 2011 at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, Manukau. .

Toan, R. (2009). Twitter for Flute, 2 Saxophones and Piano. Music Theatre, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland.

Toan, R. (2009). Barcelona Postcards For Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano. Concert Chamber, The EDGE, Auckland Town Hall.

Toan, R. (2009). Island of Wine for Orchestra. Christchurch Town Hall.

Toan, R. (2008). Aquarium & Puppets for Orchestra. Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington.

Toan, R. (2008). Witch Scarers for Orchestra. Wellington Town Hall.

Toan, R. (2007). Tutukaka for Violin and Piano. Warkworth, Invercargill, Tokoroa, Rotorua, Tauranga, Wanganui, Kerikeri, Wellington, Te Awamutu, Gisbourne, Whakatane, Taihape, Motueka, Hamilton, Gore and Putaruru.

Toan, R. (2007). Fanfare for Manukau for Orchestra. Genesis Energy Theatre, TelstraClear Pacific, Manukau City.

Toan, R. (2007). Le Marteau du Destin For Voice, Clarinet, Trumpet, Violin, Cello, Percussion and Piano. Asian Composers League Festival, St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington.

Toan, R. (2007). Master of Music Thesis. Portfolio of Compositions. New Zealand School of Music, Wellington.

Toan, R. (2006). La Sagrada Familia. Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington.

Toan, R. (2006). Turista di Venezia for Orchestra. Auckland Philharmonia Hall, Mt Eden, Auckland.

Toan, R. (2006). Games for solo Cello. Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Toan, R. (2006). Lugubrious for String Quartet. Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington.

Toan, R. (2006). Night Music (Dans la Nuit) for String Orchestra. Foundation des Etats-Unis, 15 boulevard Jourdan, 75014, Paris, France.