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Nicholas Mann is a violinist in the Mendelssohn String Quartet!
|Can You Guess?
Robert Mann's son obviously grew up around music and musicians. This talented gentleman's name is Nicholas. Can You Guess what Nicholas Mann does for a living?
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|Robert Mann was born July 19, 1920 in Oregon. He began violin at 9, & at 13 became a student of Portland Symphony concertmaster Edouard Hurlimann. He entered the Juilliard School in 1938, where he studied violin under Edouard Déthier and studied composition, conducting and violin. In 1941 he won the Naumburg Competition, and made his NY debut 2 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.|
|1842 - Carl Zeller, Austrian operetta composer,was born.
1886 - Franz Liszt gave his final performance at Elisavetgrad, his death came days later, July 31.
1924 - First performance of Anton von Webern's Six Bagatelles, Op. 9, for string quartet.
1935 - Peter Schreier, German conductor, was born in Meissen.
1954 - Sun Records released Elvis Presley's first single. That's All Right backed by Blue Moon of Kentucky.
1967 - All You Need Is Love gave The Beatles their 12th #1 UK single.
1975 - Orleans's Dance With Me was released.
1981 - Louis Cheslock, composer, teacher, violinist, died at 81
|William Schuman, then Juilliard's president, invited Mann to form the Juilliard String Quartet in 1946. Mann was the group's first violinist until he retired in 1997 . . . a total of 51 years! They had played 5000 concerts and performed more than 450 works, including 75 premieres.
In 1988 Robert Mann's career took a new turn. He began conducting. His first performance was with the Seattle Symphony. The following year in New York City Mann conducted Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony.
In addition to performing and conducting Mann is a prolific composer. He composed more than 70 works, including an orchestral fantasy, a duo premiered at Carnegie Hall by violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Samuel Sanders at Carnegie Hall, and a string quartet which the La Salle Quartet and Concord Quartet chose to entere into their repertoire. In December 1991 his new work, Concerto for Orchestra, was performed by the Juilliard Symphony at Alice Tully Hall.
Mann composed, conducted, mentored young string quartets and taught at Juilliard. He founded the Ravinia Institute for Young Artists at Chicago's Ravinia Festival. Mann received the Chamber Music America Service Award and the annual award of the American String Teachers Association in 1990. Mann became a Visiting Professor of Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1997.
Robert Mann was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 1996.
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