Grammy nominated artist Robert McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, Montreal, and Toronto Symphonies, the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Minnesota Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the North German Radio Orchestra, the D?sseldorf Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Hamburg Symphony, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, Orquesta Sinf?nica de Mineria, and all of the major orchestras of Australia.
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 D?sseldorf 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. He also played the Glass with the National Symphony of Mexico, the D?sseldorf Symphony, the Nashville, Louisiana, and San Antonio Symphonies, the Poznan Philharmonic of Poland, the Prague Philharmonia at the Prague Spring Festival, and this June, paired with the Vivaldi Four Seasons, with the Z?rich Chamber Orchestra at the Z?rich Tonhalle.
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.
Future plans include a U.S. tour with the D?sseldorf Symphony and Andrey Boreyko, performing the Mendelssohn and Bruch Violin Concertos. He will play The American Four Seasons with the Colorado, San Diego, Dallas, and Syracuse Symphonies and abroad with the Scottish Ensemble in Glasgow and at the Belgrade Music Festival. He will tour Holland and Belgium with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and will perform the Barber Concerto with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz in Austria.
Robert McDuffie is the founder of the Rome Chamber Music Festival. He was recently awarded the prestigious Premio Simpatia by the Mayor of Rome, in recognition of his contribution to the city's cultural life. Mr. McDuffie holds the Mansfield and Genelle Jennings Distinguished University Professor Chair at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. In April 2011, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University celebrated its fourth academic year with concerts conducted by Maestro Robert Spano. Robert McDuffie lives in New York with his wife and two children. He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesu violin, known as the "Ladenburg".