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, celebrates the 2015/16 season, the Quartet's 70th, with concert tours in North America, Europe and Asia; performances of Elliott Carter's String Quartet No. 1 and a new work by Richard Wernick commissioned for them by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; and concerts honoring cellist Joel Krosnick at New York's Alice Tully Hall, the Ravinia Festival and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, featuring the Schubert Cello Quintet with guest cellist Astrid Schween who succeeds Mr. Krosnick in the fall of 2016.  The Quartet also celebrates a groundbreaking new interactive app on Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" Quartet, released in 2015 by Touchpress and the Juilliard School.

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first four Elliott Carter String Quartets together with the recently recorded Carter Quartet No. 5, making a complete historical document.

Over its 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."   In addition to Carter and Wernick,  the Quartet's 2015/16 season repertoire features Schubert's Quartettsatz, Mozart's "Dissonance" Quartet, the Debussy Quartet and Beethoven's Quartet Op. 135.  Their collaborations also include the Brahms Piano Quintet with Mihae Lee, as well as the Brahms G major Sextet with cellist Marcy Rosen and former Juilliard Quartet violist Samuel Rhodes.  Last season they toured North America, Asia and Europe with typically varied programming including Shulamit Ran's Quartet No. 2, "Vistas", works by Webern, Berg, Martinu and Elgar, as well as Schubert's  "Death and the Maiden"  Quartet.   In 2013 they premiered the String Quartet No. 3, "Whereof man cannot speak . . . " by Jesse Jones.

Devoted master teachers, the members of the Juilliard String 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

Cellist Joel Krosnick has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician around the world. As the cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet since 1974, he has performed the great quartet literature throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. With his sonata partner of more than 40 years, pianist Gilbert Kalish, Mr. Krosnick has performed recitals throughout the U.S. and Europe. The duo has recorded the complete sonatas and variations of Beethoven and the sonatas of Brahms as well as works by Poulenc, Prokofiev, Carter, Hindemith, Debussy, Janáček, Ralph Shapey, and Henry Cowell for the Arabesque label. A recent release, also on Arabesque, is a disc entitled, “Forgotten American,” includes music of Hall Overton, Ben Weber, Ernst Bacon, and Otto Luening. Mr. Krosnick’s recording of the Sonata for Solo Cello by Artur Schnabel appears on the CP2 label, and his CD of Roger Sessions’s Six Pieces for Solo Cello is available on Koch Classics. Mr. Krosnick is also 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 Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, 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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