Robert McDuffie

Artistic Director

Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie enjoys a dynamic and multifaceted career. In addition to appearing as soloist with the world’s foremost orchestras on five continents, he has shared the stage with Rolling Stones pianist Chuck Leavell and the late Gregg Allman in Midnight Rider and with actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith in Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. Philip Glass dedicated his Second Violin Concerto, “The American Four Seasons,” to Mr. McDuffie. Mike Mills of the iconic band R.E.M. composed his Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra for him. Mr. McDuffie has been performing both works throughout the United States and abroad and has recorded them on the Orange Mountain Music Label. His discography also includes acclaimed recordings on Telarc and EMI.

Upcoming performances include “An Evening of Georgia Music” tour with Mike Mills and Chuck Leavell and a recital tour with Robert Spano. As soloist and conductor, Mr. McDuffie will perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Glass’s American Four Seasons throughout Italy with La Verdi Orchestra of Milan. His summer includes returns to the Aspen Music Festival and Boulder Colorado Music Festival.

Founder of the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy, Mr. McDuffie has been given the prestigious Premio Simpatia by the mayor of Rome and will be awarded the Premio delle Muse at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. He is also founder of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, a conservatory for undergraduate students at Mercer University in his native city of Macon, Georgia.

Mr. McDuffie plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, the “Ladenburg,” which is owned by a limited partnership formed by Mr. McDuffie. For more information please visit