The Juilliard String Quartet

The Juilliard String Quartet
October 2, 2016 paperlesslion

Chamber Music Society of Detroit presents the Juilliard String Quartet on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills and on Sunday, Oct. 9 with pianist Tian Tian at Varner Recital Hall at Oakland University.

For reservations to Oct. 8 program at Seligman PAC, click here. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

For reservations to the Oct. 9 program with Tian Tian at OU, click here. The concert begins at 3 p.m.

As the Juilliard String Quartet celebrates its 70th anniversary, its two violinists, Joseph Lin and Ronald Copes, share their thoughts about the quartet’s past, present and future in a pre-concert event, beginning at 6:45 p.m. The JSQ tours for the first time with cellist Astrid Schween, who succeeds Joel Krosnick as cellist following his retirement after 42 seasons. Violist Roger Tapping continues in his role.

Founded in 1946, the ever-evolving Juilliard String Quartet has become a living American legend. Widely known as the “quintessential American string quartet,” the Juilliard has been recognized for the boldness of its interpretation of the classics, with an equal and parallel tradition of championing the new — a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. The Quartet’s sound is famously characterized by clarity of structure, compelling rhythmic drive and an extraordinary unanimity of purpose, no matter the work at hand.

The Quartet’s recordings of the Bartok and Schoenberg Quartets, as well as those of Debussy, Ravel and Beethoven 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 String 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.

For Oct. 9 performance, the Juilliard Quartet will be joined by Oakland University piano faculty member Tian Tian. A native of China, Tian Tian began studying piano at age four and continued her education in the U.S., amassing top prizes at several competitions, including the Cooper International Piano Competition and the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition.  She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard and a D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music.  Tian Tian maintains a busy performance schedule in the U.S and abroad, including a recital at the Gilmore Festival, concerto appearances with the Windsor Symphony and the Idyllwild Chamber Orchestra, and performances in the U.S. and abroad as member of the Studzinsky Trio.

“The Juilliard String Quartet can plausibly be called the most important American quartet in history.” — The Boston Globe

Saturday, Oct. 8 Program:

  • Haydn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5
  • Bartók: String Quartet No. 1
  • Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1, Razumovsky

Saturday, Oct. 9 Program:

  • Beethoven: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”
  • Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13
  • Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34