By Stephanie Powell
Cellist Joel Krosnick, who is finishing up his 42nd and final season with the Juilliard String Quartet this June, was honored with the Juilliard School’s President’s Medal on Feb. 22.
The award was presented by president Joseph W. Polisi after Krosnick’s final performance in New York’s Tully Hall.
“For 42 years, I have had the privilege of sharing great music and deeply meaningful relationships with the most serious and inspiring musicians and colleagues: violinists Robert Mann, Joel Smirnoff, Joseph Lin, Earl Carlyss, and Ronald Copes, and violists Samuel Rhodes and Roger Tapping,” Krosnick wrote in the Juilliard Journal’s February issue.
The quartet finished the program with a performance of Schubert’s String Quintet with cellist Astrid Schween, who will be joining the JSQ as cellist in September and whom Krosnick calls “a remarkable cellist” and “wonderful woman in every way.”
“From the moment I began to rehearse with the quartet, in May 1974,” Krosnick wrote, “I have never looked back, only forward to each new challenge.”