Juilliard String Quartet

Juilliard String Quartet

November 05, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

Classical sounds and styles playfully foil one another in this imaginative performance from the quintessential American string quartet.

21/22 Hop Presents

Known for their unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the award-winning ensemble brings the wonders of the string quartet literature to the Hop. The evening's program includes Dvořák's masterful American Quartet in which he set out to capture the spirit of American music; Dutilleux's Ainsi la nuit, considered one of the treasures of the 20th-century quartet repertoire; and Beethoven's transcendent last quartet Opus 130

As they celebrate their 75th anniversary this season, Juilliard String Quartet continues to draw on a deep and vital engagement to the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works, a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. Each of their performances is a unique experience, bringing together the four members' profound understanding, total commitment and unceasing curiosity. 

Juilliard String Quartet - Beethoven String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2: IV. Finale. Presto

Generously supported by the Frank L. Harrington 1924 Fund No. 3, Anonymous Fund No. 136, Robert S. Weil 1940 Fund and Bob Wetzel '76 and Brenda Mainer

Founded in 1946 and hailed by The Boston Globe as "the most important American quartet in history," the Juilliard String Quartet continues to inspire audiences around the world. 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 JSQ 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 String Quartet offer classes and open rehearsals when on tour. The JSQ is a string quartet in residence at Juilliard and its members are all sought-after teachers on the string and chamber music faculties. Each May, they host the five-day internationally recognized Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. During the summer, the JSQ works closely on string quartet repertoire with students at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Areta Zhulla
Praised by the critics for her "rare emotional sensitivity and internal articulation," Greek violinist Areta Zhulla has gained recognition as a passionate and poetic artist. She has been recently named "Young Artist of the Year" by the National Critics Association in Greece, and is a recipient of the prestigious Triandi Career Grant as well as the Tassos Prassopoulos Foundation Award. In 2018, Ms. Zhulla joined the Juilliard String Quartet as their first violinist, and serves on the violin and chamber music faculties at The Juilliard School. Ms. Zhulla holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, and was a recipient of the Vergotis Scholarship. Other teachers include Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec and her father, Lefter Zhulla.

Ronald Copes
Praised by audiences and critics alike for his insightful artistry, violinist Ronald Copes has received international acclaim as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Copes has garnered prizes in several national and international competitions including the Artists' Advisory Council International Competition, the Merriweather Post Competition and the Concours International d'Exécution Musicale in Geneva. For two decades, he served as Professor of Violin at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and, in 1997, joined the faculty of The Juilliard School, where he serves as chair of the violin department. With the JSQ and individually, Mr. Copes has coached string quartets and given master classes at Juilliard, Tanglewood and on tour. During the summer he is on the artist-faculty of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.

Astrid Schween
Cellist Astrid Schween has gained a rich following and enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher. Since joining the Juilliard String Quartet in 2016, she has appeared at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Berlin Konzerthaus, London's Wigmore Hall, Yamaha Hall in Tokyo, and in Hong Kong, Singapore, Greece, China, Spain, Scandinavia and throughout the US, with concerts at the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New York's 92nd Street Y, Ravinia, Tanglewood and the Kennedy Center. With degrees from the Juilliard School, Astrid Schween received her training under the guidance of Leonard Rose, Harvey Shapiro, Bernard Greenhouse, Ardyth Alton and Dr. H.T. Ma, and was mentored as a young cellist by Jacqueline Du Pré and Zubin Mehta. She participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, the William Pleeth Cello Master Classes in Aldeburgh and made her debut at the age of 16 with the New York Philharmonic. Astrid Schween is a member of the cello faculty at Juilliard and the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island. 

Roger Tapping
Roger Tapping joined the Juilliard Quartet and the Juilliard School viola faculty in 2013, replacing Samuel Rhodes after his 44 year tenure. Mr. Tapping had moved from London to the USA in 1995 to join the Takács Quartet. During his decade with them, their career included many Beethoven and Bartók cycles in major cities all over the world. Their Decca/London recordings, including the complete quartets of Bartók and Beethoven, placed them in Gramophone Magazine's Hall of Fame and won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy and three more Grammy nominations, among many other awards. Born in England in 1960, Mr. Tapping played in a number of London's leading chamber ensembles, making several highly-acclaimed CDs, before joining Britain's longest established quartet, the Allegri Quartet. He taught at London's Royal Academy of Music, was principal viola of the London Mozart Players, a member of the English Chamber Orchestra and a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Mr. Tapping is a member of the Order of the Knight Cross of the Hungarian Republic, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Nottingham, and is a fellow of the Guildhall School of Music in London.

“the most important American quartet in history”

The Boston Globe
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