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

The Juilliard String Quartet, widely known as the quintessential American string quartet, returns in the 2014/15 season to North America's premiere chamber music venues in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, Syracuse and Buffalo, as well as their annual two-concert series at Alice Tully Hall in New York. With The Juilliard School, the JSQ begins a new collaboration in China during a spring tour of Asia. Their two tours of Europe include concerts in Spain, France, Switzerland and Germany.

Founded in 1946, the Juilliard String 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 literature. The Quartet's recordings of the Bartok and Schoenberg Quartets, as well as those of Debussy, Ravel and Beethoven won Grammy Awards, and in 2011 the Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 2014 Sony Classical reissued the Quartet's landmark recordings of the first four Elliott Carter String Quartets together with the recently recorded Carter Quartet No. 5, making a complete historical document.

For nearly seven decades, the Quartet has made manifest the credo of its founders to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new.” Working closely with composers on new commissions, last season the JSQ premiered the String Quartet No. 3, “Whereof man cannot speak...” by Jesse Jones, and in the 2015/16 season they will premiere a new work by Richard Wernick. The Quartet’s diverse repertoire for the 2014/15 season includes works by Haydn, Webern, Martinu, Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Mendelssohn,and Elgar, as well as Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" and Shulamit Ran's Quartet No. 2, "Vistas".

Devoted master teachers, the members of the Juilliard Quartet offer classes and open rehearsals when on tour. At The Juilliard School, where they are the String Quartet in Residence, all are sought-after members of the string and chamber music faculty. Annually in May, they are hosts of the 5-day internationally recognized Juilliard String Quartet Seminar.

In performance, recordings and incomparable work educating and training the major quartets of our time, the Juilliard String 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 joined the Julliard Quartet and the Juilliard School viola faculty in 2013.

He moved from London to the USA in 1995 to join the Takács Quartet. His decade with them included many Beethoven and Bartok cycles in major cities around the world. Their Decca/London recordings, including the complete quartets of Bartok and Beethoven, won many awards including Gramophone Magazine’s Hall of Fame, three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy and three more Grammy nominations.

He has been on the viola faculty of the New England Conservatory, where he also directed the Chamber Music program, and he has served on the faculties of Itzhak Perlman’s Chamber Music Workshop, the Tanglewood Quartet Seminar and Yellow Barn, and given viola master classes at Banff.

Mr. Tapping played and recorded with a number of London’s leading chamber ensembles, including Britain’s longest established quartet, the Allegri Quartet. He was a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He has performed as a guest with many distinguished quartets from the U.S. and Europe, and he was a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society.

His teachers were Margaret Major and Bruno Giuranna, and he participated in master classes with William Primrose. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge, 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.

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 Celloby 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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