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Juilliard String Quartet

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The Juilliard String Quartet is a classical music string quartet founded in 1946 at the Juilliard School in New York. The original members were violinists Robert Mann and Robert Koff, violist Raphael Hillyer, and cellist Arthur Winograd; Current members are Joseph Lin and Ronald Copes violinists, violist Roger Tapping, and cellist Joel Krosnick. In 2010 Nick Eanet resigned from the Quartet because of health issues and was replaced by Joseph Lin in 2011. Former second violinist, later first after Mann's retirement, Joel Smirnoff left the quartet after its 2008-2009 season to become president of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since the Quartet's inception in 1946, it has been the quartet-in-residence at the Juilliard School. It has received numerous awards, including four Grammys and membership in the National Academy Recording Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. In February 2011, the Juilliard Quartet received the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award for its outstanding contributions to recorded classical music.

The quartet plays a wide range of classical music, and has recorded works by composers such as Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bartók, Debussy, and Shostakovich, while also promoting more contemporary composers such as Elliott Carter, Ralph Shapey, and Milton Babbitt. It has performed with other noted musicians such as Aaron Copland, Yo-Yo Ma, and Maurizio Pollini and also (in its earlier days) with the famous scientist Albert Einstein. They have participated on the soundtrack of Immortal Beloved movie.[1]

The quartet began recording with Sony Classical (formerly Columbia Records and CBS Masterworks) in 1949, and the group's discography currently numbers over 100 items, including repertoire well-traveled and unfamiliar. In 1950 the quartet made the first of at least three appearances at the Peabody Mason Concerts in Boston. At that performance they made a world performance premiere of Martin Boykan's String Quartet of 1949.[2] Their early 1950s recordings of the six Bartok string quartets on the Columbia Records label and various works recorded for the RCA Living Stereo label (c. 1958-1962) are particularly acclaimed.


First violin

  • 1946 Robert Mann
  • 1997 Joel Smirnoff
  • 2009 Nick Eanet
  • 2011 Joseph Lin

Second violin

  • 1946 Robert Koff
  • 1958 Isidore Cohen
  • 1966 Earl Carlyss
  • 1986 Joel Smirnoff
  • 1997 Ronald Copes



  • 1946 Arthur Winograd
  • 1955 Claus Adam
  • 1974 Joel Krosnick

Awards and recognitions

Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance:

  • The Juilliard String Quartet for Beethoven: The Late String Quartets (1985)
  • The Juilliard String Quartet for Schoenberg: Quartets for Strings (Complete) (1978)
  • The Juilliard String Quartet for Debussy: Quartet in G Minor/Ravel: Quartet in F (1972)
  • The Juilliard String Quartet for Bartók: The Six String Quartets (1966)
  • The Juilliard String Quartet Lifetime Achievement Award (2011)


  1. Immortal Beloved at The Internet Movie Database
  2. Boston Herald, 13-Apr-1950, Rudolph Elie, "Juilliard Quartet"

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