In 2010 at the age of 16, Sean Robbins was selected to showcase his ki ho‘alu (slack key) skills before a national audience on From the Top, National Public Radio’s program celebrating young classical musicians. The taping of that program was part of a Hawai‘i Island educational residency coordinated by Hawai‘i Public Radio. Now, four years later, on Saturday, January 10, 2015, Robbins brings original compositions from his recently released CD Olanui to HPR’s Atherton Studio.
Besides performing on From the Top, Robbins received the program’s coveted Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Robbins states, “The prize money I received as the winner of the Award is the seed money that actually began this CD project. It will make all the hard work put into this album even sweeter when I return to perform at HPR's Atherton Studio, making this journey come full circle for me.”