At 92 years of age, 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. In 1946, at the invitation of Juilliard’s president, William
Schuman, Robert Mann founded the Juilliard String Quartet, serving
as the ensemble’s first Violinist for 51 years until his retirement from the
Quartet. The Juilliard String Quartet, which celebrated its golden jubilee
during the 1996–97 season, performed approximately 5,000 concerts and
more than 600 works, including some 100 premieres, with Mr. Mann.
The Quartet’s discography, the recipient of three Grammy awards, includes
recordings of more than 100 compositions. Mr. Mann has conducted
throughout his professional career, leading ensembles such as the New
York Chamber Symphony, MSM Symphony, and ensembles at the Ravinia,
Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals. Robert Mann is a mentor to
younger generations of string players including the Alexander, American,
Concord, Emerson, LaSalle, New World, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, Brentano,
Lark, St. Lawrence, and Colorado string quartets. In December 2009,
Manhattan School of Music heralded him with an evening of chamber
music bringing together ten string quartets who paid homage with musical
performances that celebrated their colleague, mentor, teacher and friend.
Mr. Mann received the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2011.
He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and has served as
president of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation since 1971. At the
invitation of Seiji Ozawa, he has been in residence at Japan’s Saito Kinen
Music Festival as a conductor, teacher, and performer. Robert Mann is
married to Lucy Rowan Mann.