CERRITOS, CA – Since its inception, the Juilliard String Quartet has been recognized for the boldness of its interpretation of the classics, and its equal and parallel tradition of championing the new; it is a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring.
In concert at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on Friday, April 11, 8:00 PM, the Quartet performs Franz Joseph Haydn – Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 6; Dmitri Shostakovich – Quartet No. 13 in b-flat minor, Op. 138; and Ludwig van Beethoven – Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1. Tickets are now on sale at the CCPA Ticket Office, by calling (562) 467-8818, or at
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Joel Smirnoff, violin; Joel Krosnick, cello; Ronald Copes, violin; and Samuel Rhodes, viola are the musicians of the JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET. Internationally renowned for performances characterized by its clarity of structure, beauty of sound, purity of line, and an extraordinary unanimity of purpose, the Juilliard String Quartet has long been recognized as the quintessential American string quartet.
In a history of “firsts,” the Quartet was the first ensemble to play all six Bartók quartets in the United States, and it was through the group’s performances that the quartets of Arnold Schöenberg were rescued from obscurity. An ardent champion of contemporary American music, the Quartet has premiered more than 60 compositions of American composers, including works by some of America’s finest jazz musicians. Amongst the thousands of performances of the great classics of Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, and Johannes Brahms, the Quartet has also performed the complete Beethoven cycles in many capitals of the world, including New York, Tokyo, and Bonn.
The ensemble has been associated with Sony Classical, in its various incarnations, since 1949. In celebration of the Quartet’s 50th anniversary, Sony released seven CDs containing previously unreleased material as well as notable performances from the Quartet’s award-winning discography. With more than 100 releases to its credit, the ensemble is one of the most widely recorded string quartets of our time; and its recordings of the complete Beethoven quartets, the complete Schöenberg quartets, and the Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel string quartets have all received Grammy Awards. Inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences in 1986 for its recording of the complete Bartók string quartets, the Juilliard Quartet was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize in 1993 for “Lifetime Achievement” in the recording industry. In 1994, its recording of quartets by Ravel, Debussy, and Henri Dutilleux was chosen by the Times of London as one of the 100 best Classical CDs ever recorded.
October 11, 2006 marked the Juilliard Quartet’s 60th anniversary. A year-long celebration followed, including performances of seven complete Bartók cycles (the Juilliard Quartet played the American premiere of the Bartók cycles at Tanglewood in 1948) in major cities throughout the United States and Japan, beginning with a two-concert cycle at Alice Tully Hall in New York. In honor of both the Juilliard String Quartet’s 60th birthday and the Shostakovich centennial, Sony BMG Masterworks released a two-CD set of Quartet Nos. 3, 14, and 15, and the Piano Quintet with Yefim Bronfman.
The Juilliard String Quartet appears regularly in the prestigious halls of the world, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cite de la Musique in Paris, and Wigmore Hall in London. While in Salzburg, the Quartet was showcased on National Public Radio’s classical music show, Performance Today, hosted by Fred Child. A highlight of the Juilliard String Quartet’s 2008 European tour included its visit to Madrid, where the Quartet performed on the Royal Family’s matched set of inlaid Stradivari instruments at the Palacio Real.
Special events of recent seasons include a pair of concerts presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall; the world premiere of Ezequiel Viñao’s Quartet II, The Loss and the Silence, commissioned for them by the Juilliard School in honor of its 2006 centennial; and international performances of their own arrangement of Bach’s Art of the Fugue. Last spring, they were featured artists in the Live From Lincoln Center telecast of the Juilliard School’s centennial gala program. At Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard String Quartet appeared in Maurizio Pollini’s Perspectives series with pianist Martha Argerich, and performed at the Hall’s 100th Anniversary celebration.
In a momentous occasion at Tanglewood in 1997, the Juilliard String Quartet’s founder and first violinist Robert Mann retired from the group after 50 years. Earlier that season, Musical America named the Quartet “Musicians of the Year,” making it the first Chamber music ensemble ever to appear on the cover of the publication’s annual International Directory of the Performing Arts. In January 2008, Chamber Music America presented past and present members of the Juilliard String Quartet with the organization’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, in recognition of the Quartet’s incalculable contributions to American Chamber music.
Tickets are now on sale for the Juilliard String Quartet’s performance at the CCPA. For tickets call (562) 467-8818, or go to
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