Robert Mann, a Founder of the Juilliard Quartet, Dies at 97

Mr. Mann, left, rehearsing with the other members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Joel Smirnoff, Joel Krosnick and Samuel Rhodes, at the Juilliard School in 1996. CreditRuby Washington/The New York Times

Robert Mann, the founding first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, the internationally renowned ensemble that at midcentury helped engender a chamber music revival throughout the United States, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 97.

His death was announced by Debra Kinzler, associate director of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, of which he was president from 1971 to 2015.

Conceived in 1946, the Juilliard quartet gave its first official performance the next year. Besides Mr. Mann, the original roster included the second violinist Robert Koff, the violist Raphael Hillyer and the cellist Arthur Winograd.

Full Obituary of Robert Mann

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