Grammy nominated artist Robert McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world. He is the founder and artistic director of the Rome Chamber Music Festival. He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, known as the “Ladenburg"
His recent appearances abroad have been at the Royal Festival Hall in London with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Seoul Arts Center in Korea, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf and at the Musikhalle in Hamburg.
In December, 2009, he gave the World Premiere of Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2, “The American Four Seasons” — a work written for Robert McDuffie — with the Toronto Symphony. During the 2010-2011 season, McDuffie completed a 30-city U.S. tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, pairing the Glass Four Seasons with the Vivaldi Four Seasons.
Robert McDuffie recorded “The American Four Seasons” with the London Philharmonic and Marin Alsop on the 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.
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