Introducing Andrew Robson: New Apprentice
Only a couple weeks out of graduate school, Andrew Robson began his apprenticeship at Crataegus Bonsai in Portland. He’s been here since June 2016.
Andrew’s background is in music, with a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. While in school there he performed at the New York Philharmonic’s New Music Biennial, among other notable performances. He was also a teaching artist in Yale’s Music in the Schools Initiative, which works to provide great music to inner-city students.
We usually have music in the studio. While working in the studio one day, I noticed that Andrew was making pruning cuts right on the beat. He said ‘Oh yes, I always cut on the beat. You cut on the beat about half the time.’ I’ve a lot to learn, apparently.
In addition to his apprenticeship duties, Andrew has been the Director of the Portland Bonsai Village since his arrival here, which is a great fit with his background in outreach and not-for-profit organizations. He has been actively organizing a Village board and new programs, so stay tuned for those on the Portland Bonsai Village website. Andrew’s energy, ideas, and enthusiasm make him a welcome addition to bonsai in Portland.