Robin Hancock pursues many avenues in the world of music: performance, teaching, accompanying, and adjudicating. He has appeared in such diverse venues as the 1974 Spokane World’s Fair and the National Performing Arts Center in the Philippines. He was a 1988 competitor in the International Gina Bachauer Competition. He is a member of the internationally renowned American Piano Quartet.
Hancock's early education was in Seattle, Washington, where he performed with a USO troupe entertaining the soldiers at Fort Lewis, Washington during the Vietnam War. He received a bachelor degree in piano performance from Central Washington University (1982) and a masters degree in piano pedagogy from Brigham Young University (1986). He attended Boston University on a full scholarship and teaching fellowship and was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance (1992). His dissertation was a study of Rachmaninoff's Six Moments Musicaux, Op. 16 and their relationship to the 19th-century miniature.
Hancock is a sought-after accompanist and arranger working with Michael Ballam, Stanford Olson, James Arrington, David Osmond, Jenny Oaks Baker, Mack J. Wilberg, Ray Smith, and Daron Bradford. He has appeared with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and is a Pearl Award nominee with the American Piano Quartet.
He has performed concertos with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Central Washington University Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony, and Temple Hill California Symphony.
As a teacher and lecturer, Hancock frequently presents his dissertation specialty: the life, music, and teaching of Sergei Rachmaninoff. Hancock presented at the annual state convention of the Utah Music Teachers Association in 2007. With the American Piano Quartet he has presented master classes at the Frankfurt, Germany Hochschule fur Musik; University of Goianas, Brazil; and SUNY-Potsdam in New York. With that same group he has appeared in Gulangyu, Xiamen, China; Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary; Hyde Park Chapel in London and many cities in Germany, Italy, and Japan.
He appears frequently on BYU and KBYU Television and Radio networks, and has released discs on BYU’s label Tantara Records. He was rehearsal pianist for Leonard Slatkin with the American Symphony Orchestra and Boston University Chorus performance of A Sea Symphony in Carnegie Hall. He played for Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-Soprano Dolora Zajick, in her Utah appearances.
Recent appearances have included: Temple Hill Symphony in California; Bachauer International Piano Festival; the Presidio in San Francisco; West Coast Clarinet Congress; North American Saxophone Association; University of the Americas in Puebla Mexico; University of Goianas in Brazil; Frankfurt Hochschule for Music; Japan Piano Teachers Association; Tuesday Musicale in Detroit; Southern Utah University; Utah Valley State College; Cathedral of the Madeleine; Orchestra on Temple Square; Tulane University, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Hancock is known for performing his own piano transcriptions in solo recitals which include Copland's Billy the Kid Ballet Suite, Vivaldi's Winter from the Four Seasons, Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Gershwin's I Got Rhythm from Crazy for You, and Elmer Bernstein's Theme from the Magnificent Seven. In September, 2008, Hancock performed an all-Gershwin solo recital in honor of Gershwin's 110th birthday in which he performed the entire Gershwin Songbook from 1932, and the piano transcription of An American in Paris.
Formerly on the faculty at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Hancock was also accompanist and assistant conductor of Chorus pro musica in Boston, organist for the Christian Science Church in Belmont, Massachusetts, and organist for the 1st Presbyterian Church in Binghamton, New York. He joined BYU’s School of Music in 1994 where he has been head of piano accompanying programs, and coordinates non-major piano study. In July of 2013 Hancock and his daughter preformed Classics for Piano and Ballet in the Madson Recital Hall.