Bill Robinson was born into a musical family in Denton, Texas, in 1955. He started piano lessons at age three and violin at ten and moved to Massachusetts in 1961. Composition started in 1972 while a student at Phillips Academy Andover. After that came a year at Eastman School of Music, then many years at NTSU in Denton (now UNT). He earned a BM in composition there in 1984. In 1987, he moved to North Carolina, coming to Raleigh in 2001 to study physics at NCSU, where he earned a BS in 2004. He graduated with a PhD in May 2010 and promptly joined the physics faculty as a lecturer.
His compositions include ten solo violin or viola sonatas, sonatas for various other instruments, chamber works of many kinds, seven concertos for several kinds and combinations of instruments and orchestra, full orchestral pieces, two large works for chorus and orchestra, and pieces for concert band. He has produced a dozen CDs and video DVDs independently, written and recorded his Autobillography, and has a website at billrobinsonmusic.com that has all his scores and recordings, as well as a YouTube channel.