Robert McDuffie

Robert McDuffie (biography)
“A NIGHT OF GEORGIA MUSIC” WINS EMMY AWARD FEATURES MIKE MILLS (R.E.M.), VIOLIN VIRTUOSO ROBERT MCDUFFIE AND CHUCK LEAVELL (ROLLING STONES, ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND)
"For [Miklos Rozsa's] Violin Concerto, Robert McDuffie is a sweet-toned soloist, lending Rozsa's arching, lyrical strains welcome luminosity. In the process, Mr. McDuffie all but erases memories of Heifetz's famous RCA recording, which is precise but cool by comparison." - The New York Times
Violinist Robert McDuffie Receives Honorary Doctorate from Emory University
At speed, McDuffie dazzled, precise even in blinding-fast runs; in slow passages, he charmed, but with a mature beauty far from the merely pretty. He knew what the music was saying, and he told us. - Nippertown [Review from Czech National Symphony Orchestra 2023 US Tour]
"A VERSATILE CZECH ORCHESTRA SHOWS ITSELF AT HOME IN CARNEGIE HALL" - NY CLASSICAL REVIEW
The violinist played with great expressive freedom that came from a place of deep thinking. He alternately teased and tore through his lines. The grace and delicacy were there, but also real sensations of darker passions and fierceness. - New York Classical Review [Review from Czech National Symphony Orchestra 2023 US Tour]
McDuffie captured the depths of sweetness and melancholy that partner throughout the piece in an unhindered way I have not heard before. - Seen and Heard International [Review from Czech National Symphony Orchestra 2023 US Tour]
WMHT (Albany/Schenectady/Troy NPR affiliate) Interview with Robert McDuffie
Few premieres receive the kind of instantaneous standing ovation, cheers and prolonged applause that greeted soloist Robert McDuffie following the whirlwind final bars of Philip Glass’s Violin Concerto No. 2. - Chicago Classical Review
Interview with Violinist Robert McDuffie: Brahms and Beyond
McDuffie is one of the finest violinists of our age. He played with great clarity and precision, but without sacrificing anything in expression or musicality. - The Buffalo News
McDuffie played the piece with a dashing virtuosity that signaled his pride of ownership. McDuffie tore through its thickets of lightning-quick figuration over cascading strings and pounding synthesizer; the effect was that of a merry-go-round spinning madly out of control. It had the crowd up on its feet, applauding lustily. - Chicago Tribune
…because McDuffie was nothing less than brilliant in the four solo concertos that comprise Vivaldi’s ubiquitous opus. He had everything: a powerful, driving sound...immaculate precision in the furious figuration of the fast movements, and a floating, polished line in the more tranquil sections. His energy and communication never flagged, nor did his finesse of phrasing and articulation. - SanDiego.com
Philip Glass modernizes Vivaldi classic
New York Classical Review
02/17/2024
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