Juilliard String Quartet

Joseph Lin, violin ~ Ronald Copes, violin ~ Roger Tapping, viola ~ Joel Krosnick, cello

Juilliard String Quartet
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"Each of the four has a notably beautiful tone, a sound that sings out but also blends. They show a shared understanding of the music they play; every bow stroke adds to its meaning and its integrity."
~ Chicago Tribune

"Whether playing Beethoven, Schubert, Bartok or Carter, the Juilliard Quartet remains unsurpassed in bringing attention to details and expressive devices."
~ Cleveland Plain Dealer

"The Juilliard String Quartet, in its more than 50 years, has made it a point of honor to approach contemporary pieces with the same care and respect as it would established classics, and to approach antique masterworks with the sense of excitement and adventure it would the newly minted."
~ New York Times

Founded in 1946, the ever-evolving Juilliard String Quartet is internationally recognized as a living institution of the highest standard of music making. Widely known as the “quintessential American string quartet,” the Quartet past and present is characterized by its bold interpretation of the canon classics and an equal and parallel tradition of discovering and championing the new.
In the 2014/2015 season the Juilliard Quartet continues its vibrant tradition of music making and teaching, performing works ranging from Schubert's "Death and the Maiden” to Shulamit Ran's exquisite "Vistas” to Martinu’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra. With these works and more, the Quartet returns to San Francisco and Toronto, the Celebrity Series in Boston, Chamber Music Societies in Detroit, to Philadelphia – including a special collaboration with Leon Fleisher – to Cleveland and Buffalo, and Alice Tully Hall in New York; on tour throughout Asia; to Europe for concerts with the Kammkerorchester Basel in Switzerland and France, and with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao in Spain; et al.
Since its inception, the Juilliard Quartet has performed over 500 works including the premieres of more than 60 pieces by American composers, both classical and jazz.  The Juilliard Quartet was the first ensemble to play all six Bartok quartets in the United States, and its performances of Schoenberg's quartets helped establish the works as cornerstones of the modern string quartet canon.
The Juilliard Quartet is also one of the most widely recorded chamber ensembles of our time, having won Grammy Awards with recordings of the complete Bartok, late Beethoven, Schoenberg, Debussy and Ravel quartets. In 2011 the Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy. In April 2014, Sony Classical reissued the Juilliard Quartet's landmark recordings of Elliott Carter's String Quartets 1-4, including the Juilliard's new recording of Mr. Carter's final Quartet, No. 5 -- now a complete historic document. 
The members of the Quartet have taught master classes and seminars worldwide and lead an annual 5-day Juilliard School String Quartet Seminar working with advanced quartets selected from international auditions.  Their work with graduate quartets in residence has been instrumental in the formation of numerous ensembles, among them the Alexander, American, Emerson, Tokyo, Brentano, Lark, St. Lawrence, Shanghai, Afiara and Colorado String Quartets.
With its rich oeuvre, including performance, recording and incomparable work in educating and training the major quartets of our time, the Juilliard Quartet has carried the banner of the United States and The Juilliard School throughout the world. 


Joseph Lin, Violin

An active solo and chamber musician, Joseph Lin was a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, winner of the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. He was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and has won numerous awards, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the Pro Musicis International Award and First Prize at the inaugural Michael Hill World Violin Competition in New Zealand. His recordings include the music of Korngold and Busoni on the Naxos label, the unaccompanied works of Bach and Ysaÿe on the N&F label, and the Formosa Quartet’s debut CD released by EMI. Mr. Lin has appeared as a soloist with the New Japan Philharmonic, the Sapporo Symphony, the Taiwan National Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Ukraine National Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony.

After graduating from Harvard in 2000, he began an extended exploration of China in 2002, and studied Chinese music in Beijing as a Fulbright Scholar in 2004. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Lin was an Assistant Professor at Cornell University, where he organized the inaugural Chinese Musicians Residency. Joseph Lin’s violin teachers have included Mary Canberg, Shirley Givens and Lynn Chang.


Ronald Copes, Violin

Praised by audiences and critics alike for his insightful artistry, violinist Ronald Copes has toured extensively with Music From Marlboro ensembles, the Los Angeles and Dunsmuir Piano Quartets, and with the Juilliard String Quartet. During the 2011-13 seasons, he and Seymour Lipkin will perform cycles of the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and the Juilliard School.

Mr. Copes has recorded numerous solo and chamber music works for radio and television broadcast as well as for Sony Classical, Orion, CRI, Klavier, Bridge, New World Records, ECM and the Musical Heritage Society. He has worked closely with composers including Stephen Hartke and Donald Crockett, and has garnered prizes in the Artists’ Advisory Council International Competition, the Merriweather Post Competition and the Concours International d’Exécution Musicale in Geneva. During the summer he is on faculty of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. For two decades, he served as Professor of Violin at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and joined the faculty of The Juilliard School in 1997, where he serves as chair of the violin department.


Roger Tapping, Viola

Roger Tapping moved from London to the USA in 1995 to join the Takács Quartet. During his time with the quartet, their international career included many Beethoven and Bartok cycles in major cities all over the world. Their recordings for Decca/London, including the complete quartets of Bartok and Beethoven, placed them in Gramophone Magazine’s Hall of Fame and won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy and three more Grammy nominations, three Japan Record Academy Chamber Music Awards, the BBC Music Disc of the Year Award, and the Classical Brits Award for Ensemble Album of the Year. As a member of the Quartet, Tapping taught regularly at the Aspen Festival, the Taos Quartet School, and London’s Guildhall School of Music.

In recent years he has been on the viola faculty of the New England Conservatory where he has also been directing the Chamber Music program. He also taught at the Longy School in Cambridge and the Boston Conservatory.

In the summers he has served on the faculties of Itzhak Perlman’s Chamber Music Workshop, the Tanglewood String Quartet Seminar and the Yellow Barn Festival and he has given viola masterclasses at Banff. He has also given viola and chamber music masterclasses at other festivals and conservatories in the USA and Canada.

Born in England in 1960, Tapping played in a number of London’s leading chamber ensembles, making several highly acclaimed CDs, before joining Britain’s longest established quartet, the Allegri Quartet, with whom he played for six years. He taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London, was principal viola of the London Mozart Players, a member of the English Chamber Orchestra and a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

He has continued to play as a recitalist and chamber musician, performing frequently as a guest with quartets from the U.S. and Europe and as a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society.

His teachers were Margaret Major, of Britain’s Aeolian Quartet, and Bruno Giuranna in Berlin, and he took part in masterclasses with William Primrose. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge.

Tapping is a member of the Order of the Knight Cross of the Hungarian Republic, has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Nottingham, and is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music in London.


Joel Krosnick, Cello

Joel Krosnick has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician around the world. As the cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet since 1974, Joel Krosnick has performed the great quartet literature throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. With his sonata partner of more than 30 years, pianist Gilbert Kalish, Mr. Krosnick has performed recitals throughout the U. S. and Europe. The duo have recorded the complete sonatas and variations of Beethoven and the sonatas of Brahms as well as works by Poulenc, Prokofiev, Carter, Hindemith, Debussy, Janáek and Cowell for the Arabesque label. Mr. Krosnick’s recording of the Sonata for Solo Cello by Artur Schnabel appears on the CP2 label, and his CD of Roger Sessions’ Six Pieces for Solo Cello is available on Koch Classics.

Mr. Krosnick is chair of the cello department of The Juilliard School and is on faculty of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. A recipient of the Chevalier du Violoncelle Award from the Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center at the Indiana University School of Music, Mr. Krosnick completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbia University and holds honorary doctoral degrees from Michigan State University, Jacksonville University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

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