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The Juilliard String Quartet in 1963.
Left to right: Robert Mann, Isidore Cohen, Claus Adam, Raphael Hillyer

The Juilliard String Quartet is a classical music string quartet founded in 1946 at the Juilliard School in New York. The original members were Robert Mann and Robert Koff on violin, Raphael Hillyer on viola, and Arthur Winograd on cello; Current members (as of 2009) are Nick Eanet and Ronald Copes on violin, Samuel Rhodes on viola, and Joel Krosnick on cello. Joel Smirnoff will be leaving the quartet after its 2008-2009 season to become president of the Cleveland Institute of Music. The quartet is currently quartet-in-residence both at the Juilliard School and the Library of Congress. It has also received numerous awards including four Grammys and membership in the National Academy Recording Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame.

The quartet plays a wide range of classical music, having recorded works by composers such as Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bartók, Debussy, and Shostakovich, while also promoting more contemporary composers such as Elliott Carter, Ralph Shapey, and Milton Babbitt. It has also performed with other noted musicians such as Aaron Copland, Yo-Yo Ma, and Maurizio Pollini. They have participated on the soundtrack of Immortal Beloved movie [1] .

The quartet began recording with Sony Classical (formerly Columbia Records and CBS Masterworks) in 1949, and the group's discography currently numbers over 100 items, including repertoire well-travelled and unfamiliar. Their early 1950s recordings of the six Bartok string quartets on the Columbia Records label and various works recorded for the RCA Living Stereo label (c. 1958-1962) are particularly acclaimed.




First violin

  • 1946  Robert Mann
  • 1997  Joel Smirnoff
  • 2009  Nick Eanet

Second violin

  • 1946  Robert Koff
  • 1958  Isidore Cohen
  • 1966  Earl Carlyss
  • 1986  Joel Smirnoff
  • 1997  Ronald Copes



Awards and recognitions

Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance:


  1. ^ Immortal Beloved at the Internet Movie Database

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