When Robert was 20 and living in Ireland he met French violin maker Jeremie Le Grand and they became great friends. Rob worked and learned intermittently with Jeremie whenever he could in between making a living as a musician. He also spent one winter with Irish Dutch maker Hugo Vegtor. After Bertrandt Galen settled in Cork in 2005 Rob worked with him as well.
The first violin Robert ever made was played by the concertmaster of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra Giulio Plotino in the Perth Concert Hall. He played Mozart's violin concerto on it.
Robert now lives in Torbay and is concentrating on making new instruments. One of the first was a violin made especially for himself.
It was made from 80 year old maple and at least 60 year old spruce Robert selected in Italy. This violin is now Robert's main instrument and the one he uses for concerts and recordings.
“Being a player I’ve always been interested in how to get the most out of my instrument and I enjoy working with musicians and trying to help in any way I can with their sound. These musicians have now become my very good friends and I consider it a great privilege to work on their violins, violas and cellos."
- Robert Zielinski