Juilliard String Quartet


Juilliard String Quartet Photo credit: Steve J. Sherman

With unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the Juilliard String Quartet continues to inspire audiences around the world with its performances. Founded in 1946, and widely known as “the quintessential American string quartet,” the Juilliard draws on a deep and vital engagement with the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works. Each performance of the Juilliard Quartet is a unique experience, bringing together the four members’ profound understanding, total commitment, and unceasing curiosity in sharing the wonders of the string quartet literature.

Having welcomed cellist Astrid Schween and celebrated its 70th anniversary last season, the Juilliard String Quartet marks the 2017-18 season with highly anticipated return appearances in Seattle, Santa Barbara, Pasadena, Memphis, Raleigh, Houston, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. The quartet continues its acclaimed annual performances in Detroit, Philadelphia, and at the Ravinia Festival, along with numerous concerts at home in New York City, including appearances at Lincoln Center and Town Hall. Adding to its celebrated discography, the JSQ releases a new album featuring the world premiere recording of Mario Davidovsky's Fragments, together with Beethoven Op. 95 and Bartók’s First Quartet. Highlights of concert programming throughout the 2017-18 season include visionary works by Beethoven, Bartók, and Dvorák, as well as James MacMillan’s haunting and evocative Quartet No. 2, Why is this night different?.

The Juilliard String Quartet’s groundbreaking interactive app on Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” was released in 2015 by the innovative app developer, Touchpress, jointly with the Juilliard School. Celebrating one of the great collaborative relationships in American music, Sony Classical’s reissue of the Juilliard Quartet’s landmark recordings of the first four Elliott Carter string quartets together with the 2013 recording of the Carter Quartet No. 5 traces a remarkable period in the evolution of both the composer and the ensemble. The quartet’s recordings of the Bartók and Schoenberg quartets, as well as those of Debussy, Ravel, and Beethoven, have 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.

Devoted master teachers, the members of the Juilliard String Quartet offer classes and open rehearsals when on tour. At The Juilliard School, where they form the string quartet in residence, all are sought-after members of the string and chamber music faculty, and annually in May they host the five-day internationally recognized Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. During the summer, the JSQ works closely on string quartet repertoire with students at the renowned Tanglewood Music Center.