Juilliard String Quartet
Sunday, March 20, 2016
The Juilliard String Quartet, widely known as the quintessential American string quartet, 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. With these and numerous other examples, 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.”
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. Working closely with composers on new commissions, in 2014-15, the Juilliard premiered the String Quartet No. 3, “Whereof man cannot speak...” by Jesse Jones, and in this season, they will premiere a new work by Richard Wernick.
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first four Elliott Carter String Quartets together with the recently recorded Carter Quartet No. 5, making a complete historical document.
At The Juilliard School, where they are the String Quartet in Residence, all are sought-after members of the string and chamber music faculty. 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.
"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."
The New York Times
"Whether playing Beethoven, Schubert, Bartok or Carter, the Juilliard Quartet remains unsurpassed in bringing attention to details and expressive devices."
Cleveland Plain Dealer
MOZART: String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 “Dissonance”
RICHARD WERNICK: New work (2015)
DEBUSSY: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10