Robert McDuffie is one of the premiere violinists on the world stage. A Grammy-nominated artist, he has appeared as soloist with most of the world's major orchestras, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Chicago, San Francisco and St. Louis Symphonies, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras; and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the North German Radio Orchestra, the Dusseldorf Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala. Mr. McDuffie is the founder of the Rome Chamber Music Festival. He holds the Mansfield and Genelle Jennings Distinguished University Professor Chair at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesu violin, known as the the "Ladenburg".