The New York-based Juilliard String Quartet has today announced the appointment of Greek-born violinist Areta Zhulla as their new 1st violinist – effective from September 2018.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, Areta currently serves a teaching position on faculty at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, is a former member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center‘s CMS Two roster – and has served as guest concertmaster with the American Ballet Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
“As long as I can remember, I have loved string quartets and dreamed of an artistic life immersed in chamber music … the opportunity to join Ronald Copes, Roger Tapping, and Astrid Schween as the newest member of the Juilliard String Quartet is an honor and a dream come true,” the 30 year old has said.
She will replace violinist Joseph Lin who will step down from the ensemble at the end of the 2017-2018 season to devote more time to his family.
“I am forever grateful to my past and present colleagues in the Juilliard String Quartet for their humanity, wisdom, and artistry … our experiences together exploring the most wonderful and profound music have been inspiring and humbling,” Joseph has said.
“As I turn now to the loving task of raising three young boys and their newborn sister, I know that these experiences will continue to nourish me as well as my children … and I look forward to bringing them to JSQ concerts for years to come,” he has said.