Juilliard String Quartet

Biography

Active: 1946 - ; New York, NY
The Juilliard String Quartet was founded in 1946 by William Schuman, who was the president of the Juilliard School in New York. The original members of the quartet were violinists Robert Mann and Robert Koff, violist Raphael Hillyer, and cellist Arthur Winograd. The members of the quartet have changed a number of times over the course of the ensemble's career, but after more than fifty years of performances and recordings, the Juilliard Quartet Read more has remained one of the most famous and well-respected string quartets in the world.

The Juilliard Quartet was born out of a need for committed performances of modern music, and for a revitalized approach to the standard string quartet repertoire. When William Schuman, then the new president of the Juilliard School, proposed the formation of a resident string quartet to the board of directors in 1947, it was with the understanding that this group would, in his words, "embrace the entire repertoire of music," with the only stipulation being that its name would not be changed, no matter who the players were. The debut performances of the Quartet were astonishingly successful, and critics remarked on the group's vigorous, dynamic playing, and the overwhelming intensity of each performance. More recent reviews continue to cite the Juilliard Quartet's passion, but also its "homogeneity" and "secure" sound, no doubt a product of its long and distinguished history.

The Quartet has been recognized for giving equal reverence to both twentieth-century music and past masterworks, and has successfully performed not only works by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, and Brahms, but also less standard repertoire, including the music of Berg, Schoenberg, and Shostakovitch. The Quartet is well-known in particular for its performances of the Beethoven string quartet cycle, but, it is also recognized as an important champion of contemporary American music, on average premiering one new work each year, if not more. Its American repertory includes music by Elliot Carter, Aaron Copland, Roger Sessions, and Milton Babbitt.

The Juilliard Quartet is, of course, the quartet in residence at Juilliard, but also at the Library of Congress (since 1962), and at Michigan State University (since 1977). The Library had loaned the Quartet its set of Stradivarius instruments as part of the residency. The quartet members are not only performers, but also apologists for modern music and teachers at Juilliard. They have helped nuture many other quartets, including the Emerson, Tokyo, La Salle, and Lark Quartets. The ensemble has toured extensively throughout the world, and was the first American string quartet to visit the Soviet Union in 1961.

The Quartet's discography includes recordings of the complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets, the Mendelssohn quartets, the string quartets of Haydn, Verdi, Schubert, and Sibelius, and the quintets of Mozart and Brahms. The Quartet has also recorded music by Schoenberg, Webern, Beach, Barber, Carter, Smetana, Gould, Franck, and numerous other modern composers. For its recordings, the group has received four Grammy awards, a German Record Critics lifetime achievement award, Musical America's Musician of the Year (1996), and been inducted into the National Academy Recording Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame. Read less
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    Subotnick: Music for the Double Life of Amphibians
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: WER 73122 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Subotnick
    Performer:  Joel Krosnick,  Joan La Barbara,  Erika Duke,  Dane Little
    Conductor:  Stephen L. Mosko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calarts 20th Century Players,  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Un siecle de musique francaise (A Century of French Music)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192862 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Gervase de Peyer,  Michel Dalberto,  Daniel Varsano  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Charles Munch,  Seiji Ozawa,  Richard Marlow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique Vivante,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    The Art of Itzhak Perlman
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518338 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Itzhak Perlman,  John Williams,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Glenn Gould Remastered: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503222 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 81
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Glenn Gould,  Elizabeth Benson-Guy,  Donald Gramm,  Charles Bressler  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Walter Susskind,  Vladimir Golschmann,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  CBC Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Symphonia String Quartet  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301333 Release Date: 11/24/2014   Number of Discs: 67
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alexander Scriabin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Dönch,  Isabel Strauss,  Walter Berry,  Fritz Uhl  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Anton Webern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Camerata Singers,  Schola Cantorum New York  ... 
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    Rca Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht, String Trio / Ma, Trampler, Juilliard Quartet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 55853 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Walter Trampler,  Robert Mann,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Samuel Rhodes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Itzhak Perlman - Concertos, Sonatas & more...
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5438882 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Erich Leinsdorf,  André Previn,  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Juilliard String Quartet,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Carter: The Five String Quartets / Juilliard String Quartet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 303383 Release Date: 03/18/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Elliott Carter
    Performer:  Samuel Rhodes,  Joel Smirnoff,  Robert Mann,  Joel Krosnick
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Leon Fleisher - The Complete Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 545997 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  César Franck,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher,  Jules Eskin,  Benita Valente,  Harold Wright  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Seiji Ozawa,  Leon Fleisher,  Szymon Goldberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Juilliard String Quartet,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Debussy, Ravel, Dutilleux: String Quartets / Juilliard Quartet
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802159 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Henri Dutilleux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Gustav Klimt: Musik Seiner Epoche
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 170286 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg,  Franz Lehár,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Kathryn Harvey,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Gerald Moore,  Frederick Thurston  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter,  Walter Goehr,  Otto Klemperer,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Zurich Radio Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Juilliard String Quartet Plays Schubert & Brahms
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 1991732 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Charles Neidich,  Walter Trampler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Brahms: String Quartets, Clarinet Quintet / Neidich, Juilliard Quartet
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802131 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Charles Neidich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Bartok: The Complete String Quartets / Juilliard String Quartet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 77119 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Ives: String Quartets No 1 & 2 / Juilliard String Quartet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 77117 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Miniatures For Strings / Juilliard String Quartet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 77118 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Mozart: The Last String Quartets / Juilliard String Quartet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 77114 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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  • 19.
    Music Of Elliott Carter, Vol. 8 (16 Compositions, 2002-2009)
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9314 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Elliott Carter
    Performer:  Lucy Shelton,  Charles Neidich,  Simon Boyar,  Huang Hsin-Yun  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Epstein,  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet,  New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble,  BBC Singers  ... 
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    Richard Wernick: Horn Quintet, The Name Of The Game, Etc / Colnot, Et Al
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9303 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wernick
    Performer:  David Starobin,  William Purvis
    Conductor:  Cliff Colnot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Contemporary Ensemble,  Colorado String Quartet,  Juilliard String Quartet
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  • 21.
    The Essential Leon Fleisher
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 721581 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher,  Raphael Hillyer,  Isidore Cohen,  Robert Mann  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Juilliard String Quartet,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Mendelssohn: String Quartets No 1 & 2 / Juilliard Quartet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60579 Release Date: 05/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Samuel Rhodes,  Joel Krosnick,  Ronald Copes,  Joel Smirnoff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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  • 23.
    Library Of Congress Vol 6 - Mozart, Brahms: Quintets
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 5709 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Isidore Cohen,  Raphael Hillyer,  Harold Wright,  Claus Adam  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Library Of Congress Vol 5 - Schumann / Bernstein, Juilliard
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 5707 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Isidore Cohen,  Raphael Hillyer,  Claus Adam  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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  • 25.
    String Quartets With Soprano / Valente, Juilliard Quartet
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9192 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wernick,  Alberto Ginastera,  John Harbison
    Performer:  Benita Valente
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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