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.