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String Quartet Play & Talk

Juilliard String Quartet
Sunday, June 21
8—9:15pm Linde Center Studio E 

 A performance of one work followed by a Q&A with members of the quartet.

Master Classes

TMC String Quartets 

 Monday, June 22; Tuesday, June 23; and Wednesday, June 24 
 7—10:30pm Linde Center Studio E
 Each class begins with a 30-minute conversational introduction and is followed by three hours of inspired playing from Tanglewood Music Center fellows, with feedback from current and former members of the Juilliard String Quartet. 

Table Talk Dinner  

 With members of the Juilliard String Quartet, TMC Faculty, and Fellows 

 Thursday, June 25
 5:45—7:15pm Linde Center Cindy’s Café

 

Dinner Menu :
Coriander Spiced Roasted Breast of Chicken with Tzatziki
Campanelli Primavera Verde with Baby Spinach, Broccoli Rabe, Leeks, Zucchini and Arugula Pesto
Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Beurre Blanc
Tomatoes with Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil Leaves and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Red and Yellow Beet Salad with Oranges, Caramelized Onions, Scallions and Ginger Vinaigrette
Assorted Artisan Breads and Rolls with Sweet Butter
Strawberry Shortcake

 

Film Night

High Fidelity: Adventures of the Guarneri String Quartet

 Thursday, June 25
 7:30—9:00pm Linde Center Studio E

Heartache, rivalry, struggle, and triumph. Despite the polite facade the Guarneri String Quartet presents to its audience while onstage, the private relationships among its members are anything but courteous. This 1989 documentary film, directed by Allan Miller, examines the highly volatile relationships that the musicians of the oldest American string quartet share with each other and how those relationships have remained intact after so many years.

 

String Quartet Marathon Concerts†

TMC String Quartets

Saturday, June 27
10am & 2:30pm Ozawa Hall  

String Quartet Marathon Concert†

TMC String Quartets

Sunday June 28
2:30pm Ozawa Hall  

† String Quartet Marathon Concerts also sold separately

Juilliard String Quartet

Areta Zhulla, violin
Ronald Copes, violin
Roger Tapping, viola
Astrid Schween, cello

With unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the Juilliard String Quartet (JSQ) continues to inspire audiences around the world. Founded in 1946 and hailed by The Boston Globe as “the most important American quartet in history,” the ensemble draws 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 performance of the Juilliard String Quartet is a unique experience, bringing together the four members’ profound understanding, total commitment, and unceasing curiosity in sharing the wonders of the string quartet literature.

The 2019-20 season brings JSQ to concerts in Amsterdam, Vienna, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Sarasota, among others, in addition to their annual appearances at the chamber music societies of Detroit and Philadelphia. The quartet also visits the newly-established Tianjin Juilliard School, giving master classes. In keeping its mission of supporting the creation of invigorating new repertoire, the JSQ has commissioned the celebrated German composer Jörg Widmann to write two quartets for the ensemble to premiere in 2020-21 alongside late quartets by Beethoven, and recently premiered One Hundred Years Grows Shorter Over Time by Lembit Beecher.

Adding to its celebrated discography, an album of works by Beethoven, Bartók, and Dvořák is set to be released by Sony Classical during the 2019-20 season. In the fall of 2018, the JSQ released an album on Sony featuring the world premiere recording of Mario Davidovsky’s Fragments (2016), together with Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 95 and Bartók’s Quartet No. 1. Additionally, Sony Classical’s 2014 reissue of the Juilliard Quartet’s landmark recordings of the first four Elliott Carter String Quartets together with the 2013 recording of Carter’s fifth quartet traces a remarkable period in the evolution of both the composer and the ensemble. 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 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.

Additional Faculty

Norman Fischer has performed on five continents and in 49 of the 50 United States. After completing his cello studies with Richard Kapuscinski, Claus Adam, and Bernard Greenhouse, he first graced the international concert stage as cellist with the Concord String Quartet, a group that won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, an Emmy and several Grammy nominations, and recorded over 40 works on RCA Red Seal, Vox, Nonesuch, Turnabout and CRI. The New York Times recently said, "During its 16 years, the super-virtuosic Concord String Quartet championed contemporary work while staying rooted in the Western tradition." For more than 40 years, Mr. Fischer has collaborated with pianist Jeanne Kierman as The Fischer Duo, a group that has served twice as United States Artistic Ambassadors and has toured South America and South Africa, as well as playing recitals throughout the United States. The Fischer Duo is known for its large and varied repertoire. In addition to the classic standard repertoire, it has rediscovered old masters from the past and has commissioned many new works. Three recordings were released by Gasparo Records honoring the Duo's commitment to American composers. The first is a CD of Fischer Duo commissions (works by George Rochberg, Augusta Read Thomas, Samuel Jones and Pierre Jalbert), the second is a collection of cello works written by Robert Sirota, and the third is a compendium of works by American composers born in 1938 (works by Bolcom, Corigliano, Harbison, Milburn, Tower, Wuorinen). Critical acclaim has been unanimous for the complete music cello and piano music by Chopin and Liszt on Bridge Records. The most recent release is from October 2007 on Naxos of the complete cello music of William Bolcom which has received stellar reviews in Gramophone, BBC Magazine, The Strad, and American Record Guide. The Fischer Duo has just completed recording the complete music for cello and piano by Beethoven and have been touring with Beethoven cycle concerts across the United States. In addition to performing the major concerti, Mr. Fischer has premiered and recorded many new scores for cello and orchestra including two recorded with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony by Augusta Read Thomas and Ross Lee Finney. Recitals of unaccompanied cello works have received rave reviews such as "Inspiring" [New York Times] for his New York debut recital of the complete Bach Suites in one evening and "Coruscating" [Boston Globe] for his performance of Golijov's Omaramor at the opening of the 1998 Tanglewood festival. During the 1994 Broadway season, Mr. Fischer's recording of William Bolcom's score was used for the premiere of Arthur Miller's Broken Glass. His chamber music expertise has led to guest appearances with the American, Audubon, Blair, Cavani, Chester, Chiara, Ciompi, Cleveland, Enso, Emerson, Juilliard, Mendelssohn and Schoenberg string quartets, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music International, Context, and Houston's Da Camera Society. Mr. Fischer joins pianist Jeanne Kierman and violinist Andrew Jennings as the Concord Trio, a group that has been performing together for over 30 years. Since 2001 Mr. Fischer has shared the artistic leadership of Vermont Musica Viva with Ms. Kierman and violinist Curtis Macomber. A devoted teacher and mentor to young players, Mr. Fischer has been on the faculty of Dartmouth College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is currently Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Violoncello and Coordinator of Chamber Music at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Since 1995, Mr. Fischer has been a member of the Faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center, where he holds the position of Coordinator of Chamber Music.

Naumburg-Award-winning violinist Andrew W. Jennings has achieved international acclaim as both a performer and a teacher. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared in virtually every state and province in the U.S. and Canada as well as most of the major cities of Europe. He can be heard on recordings for RCA, Nonesuch, Vox, Turnabout, CRI, Danacord, Crystal and MMO and these recordings have twice received Grammy recognition. Television appearances both here and abroad have also received numerous awards including an Emmy. His chamber music career has included a 16-year tenure with the acclaimed Concord String Quartet as well as the Gabrielli Trio and his current membership in the Concord Trio. As a leading exponent of new music, he has given nearly three-hundred premiere performances as well as acclaimed surveys of the complete chamber and duo works of Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Ives, Brahms, Rochberg, Bartók, and others. His primary teachers were Pamela Gearhart, Alexander Schneider, and Ivan Galamian and his chamber music studies were with the Juilliard and Budapest String Quartets. Mr. Jennings’ teaching credentials include long-term appointments as artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College and 25 years as professor at the Oberlin College Conservatory. His students have won important international competitions and hold positions in orchestras, string quartets, and universities throughout this country and abroad including two winners of the Avery Fisher Prize. He currently holds simultaneous appointments as Professor of violin and chamber music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the artist faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center where for the past 25 years where he has held the Richard Burgin Master Teacher Chair. Recent concerts have taken him around the country playing the 51 Solo Caprice Variations by American composer George Rochberg and he gives frequent recitals with his wife, Gail. The Jennings' three daughters are all professional musicians and their three grandchildren make joyous noise as well.

An active solo and chamber musician, Joseph Lin has performed at such venues as Symphony Hall in Boston, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Town Hall in Auckland. He has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Taiwan National Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Ukraine National Philharmonic. His regular festival appearances include Marlboro, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and the Tucson Winter Festival. Lin was first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet from 2011 to 2018 before stepping down to devote more time to his four young children. He continues on the faculty at Juilliard, where he teaches violin and chamber music. From 2007 to 2011, he was an assistant professor at Cornell University. There, he organized the inaugural Chinese Musicians Residency in 2009. The following year, Mr. Lin led a project with Cornell composers to study the violin Sonatas and Partitas of Bach, and to create new music inspired by Bach. This culminated in a series of concerts in the spring premiering the new works alongside Bach's Sonatas and Partitas.

Violist Samuel Rhodes was a member of the Juilliard String Quartet for more than 40 years, and 202- marks his 51st year on faculty at The Juilliard School where he currently serves as chair of the viola department. He has served on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center and has been a participant in the Marlboro Festival since 1960. Rhodes has appeared as a guest artist with many ensembles including the Beaux Arts and Mannes Trios and with the American, Brentano, Cleveland, Galimir, Guarneri, Pro-Arte, Mendelssohn and Sequoia String Quartets. Mr. Rhodes received his instrumental training from Sydney Beck and Walter Trampler. He has a B.A. from Queens College, New York and an M.F.A. from Princeton University where he studied composition with Roger Sessions and Earl Kim.