Frederick Robin is known for his conceptual approach to creating and thinking about art. His creative style is characterised by balanced and intentional forms while fusing experimental and classical values. Robin's work focuses on inventive concepts that combine musical, olfactory, and other art forms in a framework that sparks dialogue and artistic collaboration about critical global and local issues.
In 2016, he founded the olfactory lifestyle studio, Studio FSR, which now serves international clients, over 40 boutiques across the United States, and private clients. He currently serves as Creative Director and works closely with Chief Artisan Tina Taylor and the other Production Staff to develop new projects, scents, and packaging and to pursue collaborative creative opportunities.
Robin won and was a finalist in several national and local music composition competitions, including the MTNA (Music Teachers' National Association), Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and MMTA (Minnesota Music Teachers' Association).
His work has been performed and smelled across the United States and Europe. He recently premiered a multimedia piece titled "Rondo in A Major" in Rome, Italy.
He served as the 2021 and 2023 Composition Fellow at Lutheran Summer Music Festival and Academy at Valparaiso University. He taught classes and private lessons and worked closely with peers and faculty from across the United States. He was also Director of Music at Sacred Heart Church in Frazee, MN, from 2018-2021, where he coordinated liturgical music, performed organ repertoire, and conducted the Sacred Heart choir and brass ensembles. He currently sings as a Choral Scholar at Gethsemane Episcopal Cathedral in Fargo, ND.
Robin is an active member of various art societies, including Culture Action Europe, Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, ASCAP, Society of Composers Inc., and The College Music Society.
Most recently, Robin opened Frestro Creative Lab, which serves as a space to experiment with creativity and design, helping emerging artists and brands refine and illustrate their complex identities via effective and tangible media, such as: music videos, social media campaigns, websites, product packaging, objets d'art, branded merchandise, and curated playlists.
From 2020 to the present, he studies Music Composition and Philosophy at Concordia College, Moorhead, where he sings in the Concordia Chapel Choir and plays in the Concordia Handbell Choir and Concordia Gamelan Ensemble. His primary teachers include Dan Breedon, Tess Varner, Doug Harbin, Kevin Sütterlin, Kira Knutson, and Steve Makela. His upcoming plans include attending graduate school in Europe, after and during which he aspires to teach and collaborate with artists worldwide to influence the world in a relevant and critical way through art.