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Robert McDuffie

Robert McDuffie

Grammy® nominated artist Robert McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world.

In December 2009, he gave the World Premiere of Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2, The American Four Seasons — a work written for Mr. McDuffie — with the Toronto Symphony. During the 2010-2011 season, Mr. McDuffie completed a 30-city U.S. tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, pairing the Glass Four Seasons with the Vivaldi Four Seasons. He also played the Glass with the National Symphony of Mexico, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Nashville, Louisiana and San Antonio Symphonies, the Poznan Philharmonic of Poland, the Prague Philharmonia at the Prague Spring Festival, and, paired with the Vivaldi Four Seasons, with the Zürich Chamber Orchestra at the Zürich Tonhalle.

Robert McDuffie recorded The American Four Seasons with the London Philharmonic and Marin Alsop on Philip Glass’ Orange Mountain Music label. His acclaimed Telarc and EMI recordings include the violin concertos of Mendelssohn, Bruch, Adams, Glass, Barber, Rozsa, Bernstein, William Schuman and Viennese violin favorites. He has been profiled on NBC’s “Today,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” PBS’s “Charlie Rose,” A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts,” and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. McDuffie is the founder of the Rome Chamber Music Festival. He was recently awarded the prestigious Premio Simpatia by the Mayor of Rome, in recognition of his contribution to the city’s cultural life. He served for 10 years on the board of directors of the Harlem School of the Arts in New York City where he was chairman of the artistic and education committee. Mr. McDuffie holds the Mansfield and Genelle Jennings Distinguished University Professor Chair at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon. In April 2011, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer celebrated its fourth academic year with concerts conducted by Maestro Robert Spano. Mr. McDuffie lives in New York with his wife and two children. He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesu violin, known as the “Ladenburg.”