In this compelling documentary Oscar-winning director Allan Miller gives us an intimate look at the musical life of violinist Robert Mann. Founding member and first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, for 51 years Mann has been and continues to be one of the most important figures in chamber music. The documentary includes rare footage of Juilliard String Quartet performances, Mann’s renowned coaching sessions, and interviews with many of classical music’s greatest performers, all revealing Mann’s profound influence as a chamber musician, teacher, and composer.
His musical commitment and energy has been inspirational and he contiunes to inspire us; his influence on the musical community is a gift that cannot be measured. When I think about the Beethoven quartets, I think about Robert Mann. (Itzhak Perlman, violinist)
Featuring Seiji Ozawa, Itzhak Perlman, Joel Krosnick, Elliott Carter, Stephen Hough and others.
“Speak The Music is an engaging, fascinating look at Robert Mann (…) Now 93 years old, he’s still fiery and fun, coaching the brightest new talents on violin while sharing his stories from a rich and varied career (…). Essential for fans of classical music.“ huffingtonpost.com