In 1971, Robin Engelman became a founding member of NEXUS, with whom he performs with symphony orchestras and in concerts, masterclasses, recordings, and radio and TV broadcasts all over the world. He is also Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Toronto, where he conducts and directs the Percussion Ensemble. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he has taught percussion at Ithaca College, Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department and York University. In the 1960's, he was percussionist with the Milwaukee Symphony and principal percussionist with the Louisville Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic before serving in that capacity with the Toronto Symphony under the direction of Seiji Ozawa and, later, Karel Ancerl. For a number of years he was principal percussionist with the Canadian Opera Orchestra.
For more than 20 years he also performed with New Music Concerts of Toronto, an ensemble devoted to presenting the most recent contemporary works by leading composers of the worlds. He has conducted contemporary music concerts and recordings for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, New Music Concerts of Toronto, and Chamber Concerts Canada. He studied percussion and composition with Warren Benson at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York. Robin is an avid reader of history and collects books and manuscripts of ancient drum beatings and fife tunes. His interest in music for fifes and drums resulted in him being asked to write the forward to the latest collection of snare drum solos by rudimental legend John S. Pratt. He and Pratt are now collaborating on a book of ancient fife music with drum beatings, historical notes and illustrations.