Robert Mann has been a driving force in the world of music for more
than seventy years. As founder and first violinist of the Juilliard String
Quartet, and as a soloist, composer, teacher, and conductor, Mr.
Mann has brought a refreshing sense of adventure and discovery to
chamber music performances, master classes, and orchestral
performances worldwide. He is, in the words of Richard Dyer of the
Boston Globe, “one of the country’s most admired and deeply loved
Born in Portland, Oregon in 1920, Robert Mann began studying violin
when he was eight. He later moved to New York City to enroll in The
Juilliard School, where he studied violin, composition, and conducting.
In 1946, Mr. Mann founded the Juilliard String Quartet. As the
Juilliard’s first violinist for 51 years, he played approximately 5,500
concerts, featuring more than 500 works including some 100
Under Mr. Mann’s leadership, the Juilliard Quartet gave birth to and counseled generations of young string
quartets, including the Alexander, American, Concord, Emerson, LaSalle, New World, Mendelssohn, Tokyo,
Brentano, Lark, St. Lawrence, and Colorado string quartets.
“With his gifts for playing, teaching and for the art of chamber music, [Mr. Mann] provided the ultimate example of
the searching, multi-talented complete musician who could both play and compose. My 11 years as his second
violinist were the happiest musical years of my life.” – Joel Smirnoff
“His musical commitment and energy continue to inspire us; his influence on the musical community is a gift that
cannot be measured. When I think about the Beethoven quartets, I think about Robert Mann.” – Itzhak Perlman