Joel Krosnick: Juilliard ‘Cellist

Joel KrosnickOn tonight’s episode of The Music Room, we aired an interview with Joel Krosnick, chair of the ‘Cello department at The Juilliard School and ‘cellist with the Juilliard String Quartet.

The Juilliard String Quartet will be playing at the University of Delaware on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.

We had a wonderful time talking with Mr. Krosnick about how the Juilliard conducts master classes, how the members balance teaching and performance–melding the two, how they interact on stage, and how they draw the meaning out of the music for each other and their audience. He also talked about the preparation they do for a new work, like Richard Wernick’s 9th quartet, and for ones the Juilliard have all played before.

Mr. Krosnick waxed enthusiastic about the Quartet’s latest release, a performance of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet (Touchpress)–that includes digital video, commentary, a digital score, the original folk song that inspired Schubert, the ability to highlight any one of the players–a fantastic exploration into a brilliant quartet’s interpretation of a well-loved masterwork.

The interview made it clear that all the members of the Juilliard String Quartet build strong relationships with each other, in part based on the time they spend rehearsing, but also based on the respect they have for each other and for how each other react to the music they play.

If you missed hearing this interview on WVUD, make sure you follow the link below to listen to the podcast. As one listener remarked, “That interview made me want to go out and learn to play the ‘cello!”

The Interview

Joel Krosnick, Juilliard String Quartet.
Host: Mandorichard. Recorded Oct. 10, 2015. Aired Monday Nov. 2 on WVUD’s Art Sounds and Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015, on WVUD’s The Music Room.
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The Music

Artist Composer Selection Album Label Year
Juilliard String Quartet Claude Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10; 2nd movement: Assez vif et bien rythmé Debussy, Ravel, Dutilleux: String Quartets Sony 1993
Juilliard String Quartet Franz Schubert String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden”; 3rd movement: Scherzo Allegro molto Death and the Maiden Touchpress 2015