With unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the Juilliard 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 – a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. 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 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. The season kicks off with the release of a new album featuring the world premiere recording of Mario Davidovsky’s Fragments (2016), together with Beethoven Op. 95 and Bartók No. 1. Highlights of concert programming throughout the 2017-18 season include visionary works by Beethoven, Bartók, and Dvořák, as well as James MacMillan’s haunting and evocative Quartet No. 2, Why is this night different? (1998).
The Juilliard 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. Both the app and the JSQ’s 2014 recording of the “Death and the Maiden” are available on iTunes. 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 Quartet offer classes and open rehearsals when on tour. At the Juilliard School, where they are the String Quartet in Residence, all are sought-after members of the string and chamber music faculty, and annually in May they are hosts of the 5-day internationally recognized Juilliard Quartet Seminar. During the summer, the JSQ works closely on string quartet repertoire with students at the renowned Tanglewood Music Center.
In performance, recordings and incomparable work educating the major artists and quartets of our time, the Juilliard Quartet has carried the banner of the United States and the Juilliard School throughout the world.