American violinist Robert Mann to perform at Rice, offer master class

Renowned American violinist and chamber musician Robert Mann will perform with members of his ensemble, the Mann Quartet, March 13 at 8 p.m. in Duncan Recital Hall, Alice Pratt Brown Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Robert Mann


Musical selections for the program will include Mann’s “Adagio,” Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 20 No. 5 in F Minor and Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major.

“Robert Mann is among the most significant chamber musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries,” said Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School. “His credits as a performer span the entire spectrum of chamber music in recordings and live performance, and nearly every major string quartet in America had the good fortune to study with him.”

Mann also will offer a master class for Shepherd School string students from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 14 in Duncan Recital Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe.

For more than 70 years, Mann has been a driving force in the world of chamber music as an accomplished soloist, composer, teacher, conductor and founder of the Juilliard String Quartet, with whom he performed as first violinist for 52 years. The quartet received three Grammy awards and recorded more than 100 compositions. In 2011, Mann received the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. He is a member of the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. For more information on Mann, visit

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