The Juilliard String Quartet
The Juilliard String Quartet: L–R: Roger Tapping, Viola; Astrid Schween, Cello; Ronald Copes, Violin; ; Areta Zhulla, Violin. Photo by Claudio Papapietro. download

Juilliard String Quartet 2019/2020 season programs, and more

The Juilliard String Quartet just wrapped up an exciting and acclaimed fall highlighted by Areta Zhulla’s debut as first violinist, alongside violinist Ronald Copes, violist Roger Tapping, and cellist Astrid Schween.

In September, the quartet gave the world premiere of Lembit Beecher’s One Hundred Years Grows Shorter Over Time, commissioned for the JSQ in honor of the 100th anniversary of South Mountain Concerts.  And in October, they toured Asia visiting cities including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.

In January they return to Europe for two concerts at Wigmore Hall with further dates including CopenhagenThe HagueOsloLeiden, and elsewhere.   In North America, 2019 engagements include BuffaloDetroitVancouver, and the Kennedy Center and a special collaboration with pianist Marc-André Hamelin at the 92nd Street YPhiladelphia Chamber Music Society, and Music Toronto.

Juilliard String Quartet
2019/2020 Programs

PROGRAM I
Mozart: String Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458 “The Hunt”
Britten: String Quartet No. 3 in G major, Op. 94*
Brahms: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2

PROGRAM II
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
Kurtág: 6 Moments Musicaux, Op. 44*
Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

*Britten & Kurtag can be replaced by Dutilleux: Ainsi la Nuit

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“This evening’s program featured the Juilliard Quartet in its latest incarnation, with new first violinist Areta Zhulla. Certainly the ensemble’s famed rhythmic precision and keen feeling for instrumental balance remains firmly in place, as does its ability to “play hard” without any unpleasant roughness of tone, but Zhulla also brought to her solos, especially in the slow movement of the “American” Quartet, a welcome degree of passion and spontaneity too. It sounds like she’ll make a fine addition to the team.”
– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

Juilliard String Quartet performs Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, “American”; II, LIVE at WQXR’s Greene Space. Watch the first movement of Beethoven Op. 18, No. 3 here.