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40th Anniversary Residency of the Juilliard String Quartet
at the Library of Congress 1962-2002

The Juilliard String Quartet's association with the Library of Congress began two years after its formation when its founding members-violinists Robert Mann and Robert Koff, violist Raphael Hillyer, and cellist Arthur Winograd-gave the Juilliard's debut performance in Coolidge Auditorium on December 10, 1948. From the outset champions of American music, in subsequent appearances at the Library before 1962, the Quartet gave the world premieres of Robert Palmer's Quintet and the string quartets of Ginastera (no. 2), Villa-Lobos (no. 15), Juan Orrego-Salas (no. 1, op. 46), and Easley Blackwood (no. 2, op. 6).

In 1962, the Juilliard succeeded the Budapest Quartet as resident quartet. Two new members joined Robert Mann and Raphael Hillyer: cellist Claus Adam (who took over from Arthur Winograd in 1955) and violinist Isidore Cohen (who replaced Robert Koff in 1958). During the forty years of its residency, the Juilliard Quartet's unflagging commitment to American composers has been reflected in its performances of works by Samuel Barber, Ronald Caltabiano, Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, Mario Davidovsky, David Diamond, Jacob Druckman, Irving Fine, Andrew Imbrie, Charles Ives, Fred Lehrdahl, Peter Lieberson, Alfred Loeffler, Vincent Persichetti, Walter Piston, Walter Schuman, and Virgil Thomson.

Highlights of the Juilliard String Quartet's Residency
at the Library of Congress

1962 Succeeds the Budapest Quartet as resident quartet at the Library of Congress

1966 Violinist Earl Carlyss joins the Quartet

1969 Samuel Rhodes becomes the Quartet's violist

1970-71 Complete Bartók cycle

1971 World premiere: Milton Babbitt, String Quartet no. 4

1972 World premiere Leslie Bassett, Sextet for piano and strings

1974 Cellist Joel Krosnick joins the Quartet

1977 World premiere: Ben Weber, Lyric Piece for string quartet

1978 World premiere: Henri Dutillieux, Ainsi la nuit, string quartet (Koussevitzky Commission)

1980 Complete Bartók cycle

1982 Complete Beethoven cycle

1984 World premiere: Donald Martino, String Quartet (Coolidge Commission)

1986 Joel Smirnoff joins the Quartet as second violinist; Quartet inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Academy for Recording Arts & Sciences

1986 World premiere: Ezra Laderman, Double Quartet (with the Concord Quartet)

1987 World premiere: Christopher James, String Quartet

1989 World premiere: George Perle, String Quartet no. 8, "Windows of Order" (Coolidge/American Public Radio Commission)

1996 Named "Musicians of the Year 1996" by Musical America

1997 Celebrates Golden Jubilee; Robert Mann retires; Joel Smirnoff assumes first chair; Ronald Copes joins as second violin

2000-01 Library of Congress/Smithsonian Institution String Seminar under the auspices of the Irving Caesar Lifetime Trust

2002-03 40th Anniversary Season
The Juilliard String Quartet will perform the world premiere of Richard Wernick's Horn Quintet commissioned by the Irving Fine Fund for the occasion; works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Ralph Shapey, and Gunther Schuller; and a complete Beethoven cycle that will conclude in Fall 2003.

Samuel Rhodes, Ronald Copes, Joel Krosnick, Joel Smirnoff, and  Dr. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress

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Time Line

1962 (Mann, Cohen, Adam, Hillyer)

1971 (Adams, Rhodes, Mann, Carlyss)

1986 (Smirnoff, Krosnick, Rhodes, Mann)

2002 (Smirnoff, Copes, Rhodes, Krosnick)

2002 (Smirnoff, Copes, Krosnick, Rhodes)

2002 (Smirnoff, Copes, Krosnick, Rhodes)

2002 (Smirnoff, Copes, Rhodes, Krosnick)

2003 (Gilbert Kalish, Joel Krosnick, Ronald Copes, Joel Smirnoff, Samuel Rhodes)

Juilliard String Quartet Home November 26, 2002 Press Release Samuel Rhodes, Viola Ronald Copes, Violin Joel Krosnick, Cello Joel Smirnoff, Violin