Robert Simonds is the Principal Second Violin of the Louisville Orchestra and a member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA. In addition to performing the music of leading contemporary composers, Rob is also dedicated to working across genres and has produced and performed in small ensemble partnerships with indie-folk artists Joe Pug, Ben Sollee, Tobie Milford and The Low Anthem.
Rob began his professional orchestral career with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, which was followed by a longtime position in The Phoenix Symphony. He regularly returns to Arizona to play with the Downtown Chamber Series, as well as the recently opened Musical Instrument Museum. His work in Arizona also includes performances with the Arizona Music Fest Orchestra. As a substitute musician, he has worked with the orchestras of Minnesota, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Columbus, and Virginia. For several summers he was a member of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder.