Morrison Artists Series: Juilliard String Quartet

Friday, February 10, 2017, 8:00 pm
Photo of Juilliard String Quartet in performance
Known through its performances and recordings as the quintessential American string quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet returns to SF State with new cellist Astrid Schween. Pre-concert talk: 7pm. Master class: February 10, 10am, Knuth Hall. Free.
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
May T. Morrison Chamber Music Center
SF State Box Office
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“Some groups seem to wrestle with their past and legacy; the Juilliard seems completely revitalized. After 68 years, it may be just hitting its stride.”

– Boston Globe

Juilliard String Quartet

  • Joseph Lin, Violin
  • Ronald Copes, Violin
  • Astrid Schween, Cello
  • Roger Tapping, Viola

The Juilliard String Quartet, widely known as the quintessential American string quartet celebrates its 70th anniversary during the 2016 – 17 season with return engagements in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto, Louisville, Cleveland, Tucson and New York’s Alice Tully Hall.  This season the quartet premieres Fragments, String Quartet No. 6 by renowned Argentine-American composer Mario Davidovsky, jointly commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and The Juilliard School.  In January, the quartet tours Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Turkey, including appearances at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Berlin Konzerthaus.

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 Juilliard String Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 2014 Sony Classical reissued the quartet’s landmark recordings of the first four Elliott Carter string quartets together with the more recently recorded Carter Quartet No. 5, making a complete historical document.

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 and annually, in May, they are hosts of the 5-day Internationally recognized Juilliard String Quartet Seminar.

In performance, recordings and incomparable work educating the major artists and quartets of our time, the Juilliard String Quartet has carried the banner of the United States and The Juilliard School throughout the world.


  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827): String Quartet No. 11, Opus 95 (1814), “Serioso”
  • Mario Davidovsky (1934 – ): Fragments, String Quartet No. 6, commissioned by the Juilliard String Quartet
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130, with the Grosse Fuge (1825)