The quintessential American string quartet
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 JSQ is a unique experience, bringing together the four members’ profound understanding, total commitment and unceasing curiosity in sharing the wonders of string quartet literature.
Devoted master teachers, the members of the Juilliard String Quartet often offer classes and open rehearsals when on tour. The JSQ is the string quartet in residence at the Juilliard School, and its members—Areta Zhulla (violin), Ronald Copes (violin), Molly Carr (viola) and Astrid Schween (cello)—are all sought-after teachers. Each May, they host the internationally recognized five-day Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. During the summer, the JSQ works closely on string-quartet repertoire with students at the Tanglewood Music Center.