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Robert McDuffie

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Robert McDuffie press reviews

As for the solo performance by Robert McDuffie, it was beyond praise, as cool, poised and heroically strong as a piece of Greek statuary. —London Telegraph (European Premiere of “The American Four Seasons,” London, April 17, 2010)

The first performance of the work – Violin Concerto No. 2, "The American Four Seasons" – was so spectacularly played by the new piece's muse, American violinist Robert McDuffie, at Roy Thomson Hall Wednesday night, that the event turned into one of the most exciting musical evenings of the year. —Toronto Star (World Premiere Performance, Toronto, December 9, 2009)

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

The brilliant violinist Robert McDuffie dug into the concerto's Bartokian lyricism and dashing bravura as if he were channeling the work's dedicatee, Jascha Heifetz… —Chicago Tribune

The evening's hero was the remarkable American fiddler Robert McDuffie...[who] plays with magnetic energy and seeming effortlessness...–Chicago Sun Times

He's a treasure. A musician of probing intelligence, a violinist of authority, and force of great vitality.—San Francisco Chronicle

Emotional spontaneity, imperturbable virtuosity and an ever-sweet tone.—Los Angeles Times

McDuffie has a brilliant technique as well as spontaneous and clearly delineated emotion.—Die Welt

America is especially rich with great violin talents at the moment. Among the present generation of exceptionally gifted artists Bobby McDuffie stands out as a truly unique voice. His impeccable ear and his flawless technical mastery allow him to govern the entire solo and concerto literature with consummate ease. It is the great good fortune of American composers that Bobby has taken up our works with such missionary zeal. His performances of our works has set a standard of excellence, intuitive comprehension and enthusiastic partisanship that has helped to establish them as a living repertory. I am honored and delighted to count myself among his many collaborators. His performance of my Violin Concerto has been one of my best musical memories. —John Adams

Robert McDuffie gives a beautiful and authoritative performance of my concerto. The orchestra led by Christoph Eschenbach is splendid. —Philip Glass