Five Up-and-Coming String Quartets Selected
for the Sixth Annual Robert Mann String Quartet Institute

NEW YORK, December 20, 2016 – Five notable string quartets have been chosen to take part in the sixth annual Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, hosted by Manhattan School of Music from January 4 – 8, 2016.

The quartets are: The Kamila Quartet; the Omer Quartet; the Treitler Quartet; the Vera Quartet; and the Verona Quartet.

Each year up to six of North America’s most promising young string quartets are personally chosen by Robert Mann to take part in a series of master classes taught by Mr. Mann, open to the public.

In addition, each quartet receives intensive coaching, working with a faculty that includes MSM Dean of Instrumental Performance David Geber, Chair of the MSM String Department Nicholas Mann, members of MSM quartet in residence the American String Quartet, and Kazuhide Isomura of the Tokyo String Quartet.

On Sunday, January 8, a public performance at Manhattan School of Music will showcase each of the quartets and highlight the week's accomplishments.

A screening of Speak The Music: Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music by Academy Award-winning director Allan Miller will be shown Friday (1/6) evening.

Schedule of Events:


11 AM  Miller Recital Hall

2 PM  Miller Recital Hall


Speak the Music: Robert Mann
and the Mysteries of Chamber Music

A film by director Allan Miller.

7 PM  Miller Recital Hall


2:30 PM  Greenfield Hall

Participating Quartets:
The Kamila Quartet
Omer Quartet
Treitler Quartet
Vera Quartet
Verona Quartet

About Robert Mann:

Robert Mann, at 96 years of age, has been a driving force in the world of music for more than seventy years. As founder and first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, and as a soloist, composer, teacher, and conductor, Mr. Mann has brought a refreshing sense of adventure and discovery to chamber music performances, master classes, and orchestral performances worldwide. He is, in the words of Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe, “one of the country’s most admired and deeply loved musicians.”

Mr. Mann has conducted throughout his professional career, leading ensembles such as the New York Chamber Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Symphony, and ensembles at the Ravinia, Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals. In addition, at the invitation of Seiji Ozawa, he has been in residence at Japan’s Saito Kinen Music Festival as a conductor, teacher, and performer. He also serves as head teacher at Seiji Ozawa’s International Academy for String Quartets and Chamber Ensembles in Rolle, Switzerland. Robert Mann is a mentor to younger generations of string quartets including the Alexander, American, Concord, Emerson, LaSalle, New World, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, Brentano, Lark, St. Lawrence, and Colorado string quartets.

Mr. Mann continues to actively perform as a violinist recently performing concerts in New York, Los Angeles, San Franciso and Houston. He is on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music and for the past three years MSM has presented the Robert Mann String Quartet Seminar which brings the country’s most talented young string quartets to the school for intensive week-long coachings with Mr. Mann. Since 1971, Mr. Mann has been President of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation and his wife, Lucy Rowan Mann, is the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s Executive Director. Speak the Music: Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music, a film by Allan Miller, is soon to be released.

Robert Mann has been married to Lucy Rowan Mann for 65 years. They have two children, Nicholas and Lisa.


Belka Quartet
Telegraph Quartet
Von Quartet
Zorá String Quartet


Aeolus Quartet
Ariadne String Quartet
Ars Nova Quartet
Catalyst Quartet
Centre Street Quartet
Kleio Quartet
Kubrick Quartet
The Old City String Quartet
Omer Quartet
Rosco String Quartet
Tesla Quartet
Thalia String Quartet

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Offering both classical and jazz training – and, beginning in fall 2016, a Bachelor's degree program in musical theater – MSM grants Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, as well as the Professional Studies Certificate and Artist Diploma. Additionally, true to MSM's origins as a music school for children, the Precollege program continues to offer superior music instruction to young musicians between the ages of five and 18. The School also serves some 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its Arts-in-Education Program, and another 2,000 students through its critically acclaimed Distance Learning Program.