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Robert McDuffie – Violinist

He has been called a spellbinder, a national treasure and the man who plays like a gypsy. No matter what the label, music is the language that Robert McDuffie speaks. State of the Arts spends time with internationally renowned concert violinist Robert McDuffie, who was born in Macon and returns to play in Georgia whenever he can.

We hear him perform the exciting and difficult Miklós Rózsa Violin Concerto with the Augusta Symphony. We eavesdrop on auditions and lessons with string students at Mercer University, where McDuffie is Distinguished University Professor of Music.

We find out about McDuffie's ambitious plan to revolutionize music at Mercer with a little help from some "friends of Robert," who happen to be world-class musicians. And finally, we get the chance to take a close-up look at McDuffie's famous violin, the 1735 Guarneri del Gesu, which cost a cool $3.5 million in 2001.

Robert McDuffie at Mercer University.

Educators: Robert McDuffe

For information on Robert McDuffie

American Symphony Orcestra League

Robert McDuffie biography

Augusta Symphony

Augusta Symphony website

Mercer University

Mercer University website

Music Groups

Strings Magazine Web Site

The String Pedagogy Notebook

Violin Masterclass

Zaplatynksy String Studio

Research in Music

The International Foundation for Music Research (IFMR)