At 68 years young, the Juilliard Quartet (JSQ) is legendary. Originally formed with Robert Mann and Robert Koff, violist Raphael Hillyer, and cellist Arthur Winograd, the JSQ has had many successes over the years as a quartet and as individuals. The current incarnation is no different. The quartet’s current members include Joseph Lin (violin), Ronald Copes (violin), Joel Krosnick (cello), and Roger Tapping (viola).
As taken from their website, http://www.juilliardquartet.org, their aim is to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new.” They achieve this both in their live performances and in their recordings. 2011 saw them awarded the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award for the quartets contributions to recorded classical music.
In addition to their brilliant performances, the quartet members have maintained a strong devotion to teaching over the years. The resident string quartet of the Juilliard School, each member of the quartet is on the faculty. Along with the Juilliard School, the JSQ presents a 5-day seminar each May. Here students experience private coaching with members of the quartet and participate in a public performance. Applications are currently being accepted for the May 2015 seminar http://www.juilliard.edu/youth-adult-programs/summer-programs/juilliard-string-quartet-seminar?destination=node/13617. While on tour, the JSQ frequently perform master classes. They will be presenting one for us in Toronto on Friday January 9th. All are welcome to attend, free of charge – http://music-toronto.com/outreach.htm.
Join us on Thursday January 8th and experience the JSQ live! The concert will feature pieces by Webern, Shulamit Ran, and Beethoven.