harpist Robin Arioto Fickle serves the Lower Bucks County, Philadelphia, PA
& Princeton, NJ areas where she regularly performs for weddings, receptions
& special events. For over twenty-five years Robin has been acclaimed as a performer. She is also a composer, having published five books of harp music for pedal and lever harp, and a recording artist (see below). She also teaches
harp from her private studio in Yardley, PA and occasionally gives
concerts and lectures locally.
Robin’s musical style is elegant, highly sensitive, very listenable and creatively innovative. The sonorous capabilities of the harp are masterfully expressed through her fingertips. Her repertory is very diverse and spans the
centuries from Medieval & Renaissance to Modern and can be tailored to
the special interests of her clients.
Robin began her classical training
in music at age five on piano. She
pursued her orchestral harp studies with the former chair of the American Harp
Society’s National Competition, JoAnn Turovsky, Adjunct Professor of Harp at
the University of Southern California and the late Suzanne Balderston, former
faculty member of the University of Southern California at Santa Barbara and
California State University, Northridge.
Robin achieved recognition as a composer and recording artist. Her debut recording of original compositions
and adaptations of the traditional music from the Mediterranean world, Mediterranean
Journey, received critical acclaim on radio and in reviews. (For select reviews and accolades see below).
has written five popular music books for harp. Her most recent
publication, "Renaissance Gems," is an intermediate to advanced level collection of some of the most famous pieces of the Renaissance era. Most of these compositions have never before been arranged for harp. Her other two Renaissance books, "Renaissance Songes of the Merrie Cavalier" and "Renaissance Songes of the Merrie Jester," are written for the beginning to intermediate level harpist and many of these pieces have not previously been arranged for harp. Robin's three Renaissance books consist of sweet love songs, cheerful dance tunes, and celebrated lute pieces that are particularly well suited for elegant parties, dinner receptions or garden weddings. Her holiday music book "Christmas Jewels," is an intermediate level book devoted to
traditional European carols. Several of these hauntingly beautiful melodies have not previously been arranged for harp. For wedding ceremonies Robin's book, "Wedding Wishes," is an intermediate to advanced level book
devoted to classical wedding standards. However, this book also contains many pieces typically not found in wedding music anthologies, such as celebrated pieces from well known operas, joyous melodies from the
Renaissance era, as well as several Early American trumpet tunes and other stately pieces well suited for ceremonies. Several of these pieces have not previously been arranged for harp. (For select book reviews and accolades see below).
Robin's recording and harp music
books can be ordered through harp and music stores internationally.
Music Review, "Tales from the Crypt: Sifting Through the Dusty Piles for Harp Gold," by John Wickey, Harp Column, vol. 22 issue 3, Nov.-Dec. 2013, p. 44, regarding Robin's book, Renaissance Gems:
"I was looking for comparable finds for lever or folk harp, and I asked my friend Cheryl Slaughter who performs a lot of early music. She recommended Robin Arioto Fickle's Renaissance Gems. With titles like "My Lady Hunsdon's Puffe," "Of all the Birds That I Doe Know," "John Come Kisse Me Now," and the like, I could do nought better than grab a tankard of ale and my lever harp and pretend I was a minstrel for an hour our two (in the privacy of my own home). Robin has done a remarkable job with her collection. The arrangements are rich and the selections interesting. The arranger provides composer biographies, notes about the pieces, but most importantly, she includes suggestions for tempi and dynamics which make it much easier to shake the dust off the manuscript and bring the tunes to life."
From Sylvia Woods Harp Center website from 2011-2013: "Just want to tell you how very much I'm enjoying my new book of music you've arranged. The pieces are a joy to read thru, and I really appreciate that many of your selections are of pieces that I've not seen in all my years of poring through music. The Dowland ones, though familiar, are rare for the harpist, and I'm so glad to be playing them finally. Many thanks from Mary K from Nantucket."
of original compositions and adaptations of traditional music from the
Mediterranean world, Mediterranean Journey, has received critical acclaim on
radio and in reviews:
"This wonderfully thoughtful
album (Mediterranean Journey) explores the music of the peoples and countries
surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. More
than a 'musical journey' in space, it is a journey in time as well. Carefully crafted, and meticulously produced,
this album brings the ancient sounds of Judeo-Spanish, Greek, Andalusian,
Ottoman, and Aegean cultures into the modern world through Robin's personal
interpretations and arrangements. ... Visit the Mediterranean shores with
Robin's recording. You'll be delighted
that you made the trip!"
- Debra Knodel, Folk Harp Journal
Mediterranean Journey is the CD that I have listened to most frequently this
year. ..she plays with an intense virtuosity, but also communicates a passion
in this music that gives me goose bumps. Highly recommended.
-KVMR Program Guide
Robin's playing is flawless and
captures the emotion that must have gone into the original writing of these
romantic melodies. The sound quality is that of an ancient stone chamber,
in which the harps ring with rich tones and overtones. I highly recommend
this album as an addition to any collection..."
Debra Knodel, Folk Harp Journal.
The sweeping spontaneity of these
selections is captivating...the music draws the listener into a relaxing and
We play folk music from around the
world and this CD fits into our format as an alternative to Irish music on the
harp. Beautifully played and beautifully recorded. Great
Margie Mirkin, host of Folk Roots
I just had to drop you a note to
tell you how much I enjoyed your new CD. What beautiful music!
Played with such feeling! My mom said, "I could listen to this all
day." And that's a direct quote. I must concur it now joins
the list of CDs most often dropped into the player.
I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed your CD already! These cozy nights at the fireplace, your mesmerizing music playing-ahhhhh! -Jan