Robert McDuffie is an internationally renowned violinist. He has played as a soloist with many of the major orchestras around the world including those of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Minnesota, Houston, St. Louis, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome as well as the major orchestras of Australia and East Asia.
At the beginning of 2007 he toured the US East Coast for nearly 5 weeks with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
McDuffie has appeared on A&E's Breakfast with the Arts, CBS News Sunday Morning, NBC's The Today Show, PBS's Charlie Rose, National Public Radio, as well as the front page of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
McDuffie was born into a musical family in Macon, Georgia, United States. Both his mother, Susan McDuffie, and his younger sister, Margerie McDuffie, are pianists. He attended the Juilliard School in New York City. He plays a Guarneri del Gesù violin made in 1735 named the "Ladenburg" that he purchased for $3.5 million. He was nominated for a Grammy in 1990 for his performance of concertos by Leonard Bernstein and William Schuman. McDuffie is a co-founder and artistic director for the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Rome, Italy. He currently lives in New York City with his wife Camille and two children, Eliza and Will.
- Viennese Violin: The Romantic Music of Lehár, Kreisler & Strauss (1996)
- Violin Concerto of Samuel Barber (Part of a Collection) (1998)
- Violin Concertos of John Adams & Philip Glass (1999)
- Violin Concertos of Mendelssohn & Bruch (1999)
- Second Violin Concerto of Philip Glass (2010)
Center for Strings
The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings of Mercer University offers conservatory-quality music training in a comprehensive university setting. McDuffie leads the center and has served as Distinguished University Professor of Music since 2004. The focus of the center, housed in the Townsend School of Music on Mercer's main campus in Macon, Georgia, is to provide highly talented string students the opportunity to learn with some of the nation's most renowned string musicians. Total enrollment is limited to 26 students: 12 violinists, 6 violists, 6 cellists and 2 bassists.