Juilliard String Quartet

Juilliard String Quartet

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

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Nourse Theater




The Juilliarders gave a performance that combined the clearest possible logic with ample grace and lyricism.

—Seattle Times

The Juilliard String Quartet:
Exploring Beethoven with a new voice


BEETHOVEN: Quartet in G Major, Opus 18, No. 2
JESSE JONES: New Work for String Quartet
SCHUBERT: Quartet in G Major, D887

About This Performance

The Juilliard Quartet’s founding vision is just as fresh and relevant to today’s ensemble as it was in 1946: “to play new works as if they were established masterpieces, and established masterpieces as if they were new.” The reinvigorated Juilliard, including violist Roger Tapping formerly of the Takács Quartet, continues its unparalleled history with an extraordinary clarity of tone, unanimity of ensemble and beauty of sound that has been described as “vital and warm-hued.” (The New York Times).

This performance is generously sponsored by:

Schoenberg Family Law

Artist Biography

The Juilliard String Quartet continues its vibrant and pioneering tradition of music making and teaching in the 2013/14 season welcoming violist Roger Tapping who replaced Samuel Rhodes following a final performance with the Quartet at the Ravinia Festival July 10, 2013 and ending a remarkable 44 years as the Quartet's violist.

The Juilliard Quartet tours North America from San Francisco to New York where they play twice annually in Alice Tully Hall; at the Nasher Gallery in Dallas with guest pianist Leon Fleisher, two concerts in Philadelphia, and in Washington DC.  Major European cities include Amsterdam and Vienna.  Throughout the season the Quartet presents premiere performances of  a new string quartet by Rome Prize-winning composer Jesse Jones, his Quartet #3, “Whereof man cannot speak…” written for and dedicated to the Juilliard Quartet. 

Since its inception in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet has made manifest the credo of founders Robert Mann and William Schuman to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces, and established masterpieces as if they were new.” They have performed over 500 works including the premieres of more than 60 pieces by American composers, with works by the country’s finest jazz musicians among them. 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. More recently the Quartet played and recorded the first four quartets of Elliott Carter and their latest recording, soon to be released is Carter’s fifth and final Quartet.

In recent seasons, the Quartet has performed at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Palacio Real in Madrid, the Cite de la musique in Paris, the Miyazaki Festival, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre, London’s Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Musica Viva Chamber Music Festival in Australia and the Israel Festival in Jerusalem.  In the United States, they have appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Festival, the Kennedy Center, Boston's Jordan Hall, Los Angeles’s Disney Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall and San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre.

In 2011, the JSQ and its recently appointed first violinist Joseph Lin were the subject of the film Keeping Beethoven Contemporary produced and released by Michael Blackwood Productions which showed the Quartet in rehearsal and performance of Beethoven's Quartet in B flat Major, Op. 130 with the original last movement, the Grosse Fuge.

The Quartet has carried the banner of the United States and The Juilliard School throughout the world, contributing to the reputation of the school as one of the world’s foremost conservatories. The Juilliard String Quartet was Quartet-in-Residence at the Library of Congress for more than 40 years and held a residency at Michigan State University for more than a decade. The members of the Quartet have taught masterclasses 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 more than 100 releases to its credit, the JSQ is one of the most widely recorded string quartets of our time. The Quartet’s recordings of the complete Bartok quartets, the late Beethoven quartets, the complete Schoenberg quartets and Debussy and Ravel quartets have all received Grammy Awards. They were inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences in 1986 for its first recording of the complete Bartok quartets and were awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize in 1993 for Lifetime Achievement in the recording industry. In 2011 the Juilliard String Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to be honored by The Recording Academy (the Grammy Awards) with a Lifetime Achievement Award.   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.  

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 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 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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