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
Beethoven: Complete String Quartets - The 1964-1970 Recordings / Juilliard String Quartet
Release Date: 02/14/2020   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 19075992332   Number of Discs: 9
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    Itzhak Perlman: Complete RCA & Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19439752272 Release Date: 08/07/2020   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
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    Fromm Music Foundation: 20th-Century Composer Series
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19439715642 Release Date: 05/15/2020   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Leon Kirchner,  Wilhelm Killmayer,  Lou Harrison,  Benjamin Lees  ... 
    Performer:  Leon Kirchner,  Nathan Rubin,  George Neikrug,  Ludwig Shapero  ... 
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    Beethoven: Complete String Quartets - The 1964-1970 Recordings / Juilliard String Quartet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19075992332 Release Date: 02/14/2020   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Beethoven: Legendary Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19075973752 Release Date: 12/06/2019   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maureen Forrester,  Leontyne Price,  David Poleri,  Giorgio Tozzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter,  George Szell,  Leonard Bernstein,  Fritz Reiner  ... 
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    Zubin Mehta: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19075937662 Release Date: 10/25/2019   Number of Discs: 97
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi,  Richard Strauss,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Bonaldo Giaiotti,  Neilson Taylor,  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Joseph Flummerfelt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Black Composers Series: The Complete Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 586215 Release Date: 01/18/2019   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges,  William Grant Still,  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,  Ulysses S. Kay  ... 
    Performer:  Miriam Fried,  Jaime Laredo,  Faye Robinson,  William Brown  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Juilliard String Quartet,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven, Davidovsky & Bartok: Works for String Quartet / Juilliard String Quartet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19075884542 Release Date: 10/26/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Mario Davidovsky,  Béla Bartók
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Leonard Bernstein - The Pianist
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 548379 Release Date: 06/08/2018   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Walter Berry,  Christa Ludwig,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Hindemith: String Quartets / Juilliard String Quartet
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 69602 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Mozart, Bartok & Dvorak: String Quartets / Juilliard String Quartet
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 927161 Release Date: 01/13/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Béla Bartók,  Antonín Dvorák
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Subotnick: Music for the Double Life of Amphibians
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 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  ... 
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    Un Siecle de Musique Francaise: Maurice Ravel
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192932 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Harold Gomberg,  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Eugene Ormandy
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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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    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 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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  • 18.
    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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    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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    Dvorák: The 2 Piano Quartets, Etc / Firkusny, Juilliard Qt
    Label: Cbs Odyssey   Catalog: 45672 Release Date: 08/19/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Schubert: Trout Quintet, Death Of A Maiden / Budapest Qt Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 46343 Release Date: 05/06/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet,  Budapest String Quartet
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