Robert Mann of the Juilliard St Qt has died

Edited: January 3, 2018, 7:10 PM · The founding first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet (est 1946) died on New Year's Day, 97 years old.

I love their late fifties and sixties recordings. The Beethoven, Mozart and Bartok.

Reading the NY Times obit I was intrigued to see Mann was a bit of a late starter. This is not to reignite the 'when is late really late?" discussion, but Mann got his first violin at age nine, and was in a class with seven girls, and the violin teacher was no Carl Flesch.

After two years Mann seems to have spent two years without a teacher and only at thirteen did he get violin lessons from a serious violinist, the then CM of the Portland OR Symphony, who told him if he worked diligently 'he could make a living in music.'

Strange how things worked out for Mann, who played in the Juilliard Qt for fifty years. It almost sounds as if he was largely self-taught, with those two years between eleven and thirteen without a teacher.

Replies (3)

January 3, 2018, 10:01 AM · Somehow this post wound up in the 'Instruments" bag, so I feel obliged to say that Mann used to play (1975 - 1986) on the Rose / Viotti Strad, but then handed it down to his son, Nicholas.
January 3, 2018, 5:54 PM · Wow. He was an amazing man. R.I.P.
January 3, 2018, 7:10 PM · I have posted an obituary: Remembering Juilliard String Quartet Violinist Robert Mann (1920-2018).

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