Robert McDuffie

Instrumental Focus

  • violin

Faculty Details

  • Does not teach privately

Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie enjoys a dynamic and multi-faceted career. While appearing as soloist with the world’s foremost orchestras, he can also be found sharing the stage with Chuck Leavell and the late Gregg Allman in “Midnight Rider,” with actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith in Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” or playing Bach for Memphis Jook dancer Li’l Buck. Philip Glass dedicated his Second Violin Concerto, “The American Four Seasons,” to Mr. McDuffie. Mike Mills of the iconic band R.E.M. has also composed a Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra for him. Mr. McDuffie has been performing both of these works throughout the United States and abroad and has recorded both on the Orange Mountain Music Label. His discography also includes acclaimed recordings on Telarc and EMI. Robert McDuffie is the founder of both the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy—where he has been given the prestigious Premio Simpatia by the mayor of Rome—and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in his native city of Macon, Georgia. He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, the “Ladenburg,” which is owned by a limited partnership formed by Mr. McDuffie.