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.