Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Beethoven: String Quartet in G major, op. 18, no. 2
Berg: Lyric Suite
Schubert: String Quartet in G Major, D. 887
Since it was founded in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet has embodied the credo stated by its founders Robert Mann and William Schuman to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new.” It has performed over 500 works including the premieres of more than 60 by American composers and was the first ensemble to play all six Bartók quartets in the United States; its performances of Schoenberg’s quartets helped establish them as cornerstones of the modern string quartet repertory. With more than 100 releases the Juilliard Quartet is one of the most-often recorded string quartets; its recordings of the complete Bartók quartets, the late Beethoven quartets, the complete Schoenberg quartets, and the Debussy and Ravel 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 first recording of the Bartók quartets, the Juilliard String Quartet was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize in 1993 for Lifetime Achievement in the recording industry and in 2011 became the first classical music ensemble to be honored by The Recording Academy with its Lifetime Achievement Award.