American violinist Robert Mann has passed away at his home in New York City - aged 97.
Mr Mann was a founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet and performed with the famed ensemble for 51 years - until his retirement in 1997.
He served long term teaching positions on faculty at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music - his famed students including the Emerson, Tokyo, Brentano and St Lawrence String Quartets.
JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET | BEETHOVEN | STRING QUARTET NO. 7 'RAZUMOVSKY NO. 1' | 1976
A memoir, containing a collection of Mr Mann's essays, letters and interviews will be released by East End Press on February 14th this year.
Our condolences are with Mr Mann's family, friends, colleagues and students.