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are on the Juilliard school faculty, as
well as teaching, coaching and per-
forming at other schools and festivals.
Each is American born — Rhodes
and Smirnoff are from New York,
Krosnick from Connecticut and vio-
linist Ronald Copes from Arkansas.
Copes, who joined the Juilliard as
second violinist in 1997, also has a
local connection. A graduate of the
Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio and
the University of Michigan, his teach-
ers included Paul Makanowitsky at
the U-M.
A frequent solo recitalist across
Europe and the United States, Copes
enjoyed long tenures with the
Dunsmuir Piano Quartet and Los
Angeles Piano Quartet before joining
the Juilliard.

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Rhodes, like many violists, started out
as a young child on the more man-
ageable violin.
"I was very interested in the techni-
cal side of music — scores, notation,
transposing instruments and clefs," he
remembers. "That made me a natural
for viola, [which plays in its own
unique clef]. I switched when I was
13 or so."
In addition to the encouragement
of his parents — his mother was an
amateur pianist — Rhodes had free
rein of the tremendous private library
owned by an uncle, a retired lawyer
whose interests ranged from classical
and Oriental languages to music.
"He had lots of musical scores in
his house, and I used to look at them
and 'hear' the music," he said. -
As a young adult, Rhodes studied
composition with Roger Sessions and
Earl Kim at Queens College and
Princeton University.
In addition to his work with the
Juilliard Quartet, he performs as a
recital soloist and as featured soloist
with orchestras and chamber groups
around the globe, and has given pre-
mieres of works for unaccompanied
viola by composers Milton Babbitt
and Arthur Weisberg.
Joel Smirnoff studied at the
University of Chicago and at Juilliard
before joining-the Boston Symphony
in 1980. He joined the Juilliard
String Quartet as second violinist in
1986, and assumed first chair in -1997
upon the retirement of founding
member Robert Mann. He has pre-
miered numerous contemporary
works, some written expressly for
him.
Like Smirnoff and other members

of the Juilliard, which rescued the
quartets of Arnold Schoenberg from
obscurity and has championed the
works of 20th-century American
composers like Elliott Carter, cellist
Joel Krosnick enjoys the mix of old
and new. "The spirit of modernism
echoes in the older music. It also
enlivens our performance," Krosnick
has said. "By interpreting contempo-
rary music one doesn't stiffen in a
routine of interpretation, but one
always reads the works anew."
A committed educator who also
serves on the faculty of Tanglewood,
Krosnick is an active solo performer
and often gives cello sonata recitals
with pianist Gilbert Kalish.
In a string quartet, Rhodes
explained, the personalities and skills
of each member meld into one per-
sonality, that of the quartet as a
whole.
"When we perform, we're trying to
relive the music on the stage as if it's
being reborn at that moment," he
said. "When we come close to that
goal, it's something really special."
In his 1996 Salon article, Festa said
the Juilliard String Quartet was the
closest to perfection of any such
ensemble.
"The Juilliard did for the string
quartet what Callas did for opera and
what Bernstein did for conducting,"
he wrote, "which was not only to set
a.standard of excellence, but to define
the contours of the art form in terms
of repertoire and style." ❑

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Seligman Performing Arts Center,
located on the campus of Country
Day School in Beverly Hills. $22-
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the door subject to availability.
Other concerts this season
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2003); Tokyo String Quartet with
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2003); Krystian Zimerman (April
12); Miami String Quartet with
Pepe Romero (May 17).
For subscription information,
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