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TLI ShopTalksAstrid Schween, cello and Areta Zhulla, violin

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Astrid Schween, cello and Areta Zhulla, violin



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Astrid Schween, cellist, and Areta Zhulla,violinist, join Sue Elliott for Shop Talks.

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Astrid Schween, cello
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Cellist Astrid Schween is an internationally recognized soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. Her recent appearances have included performances with the Boston, Memphis, Detroit and Seattle Chamber Music societies, the Boston Trio and ongoing recital partnerships with celebrated pianists Randall Hodgkinson and Michael Gurt. An active juror and panelist, she was recently featured in Strings and Strad magazines, on "Living the Classical Life," National Public Radio and as a guest speaker at the Library of Congress on the role of women in music.

As a longtime member of the Lark Quartet, Astrid performed at major venues around the world and received many honors including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. During her tenure, the quartet produced critically acclaimed recordings for the Arabesque, Decca/Argo, New World, CRI and Point labels, and commissioned numerous works.

Astrid made her debut as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta and received her degrees from the Juilliard School. Her teachers included Harvey Shapiro, Leonard Rose, Bernard Greenhouse and Jacqueline Du Pré. She participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and William Pleeth Master Classes, and was for many years on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Hartt School of Music, Mount Holyoke College and Interlochen.

In September 2016, she succeeded Joel Krosnick as cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet and joined the Juilliard faculty.


Astrid Schween, cello Areta Zhulla, violin
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Praised by the critics for her “rare emotional sensitivity and internal articulation”, Greek violinist Areta Zhulla has gained recognition as a passionate and poetic artist. She has been recently named “Young Artist of the Year” by the National Critics Association in Greece, and is a recipient of the prestigious Triandi Career Grant as well as the Tassos Prassopoulos Foundation Award. 

Ms. Zhulla has appeared as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Arts Centre of Canada. Ms. Zhulla has been a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, where she performed and toured regularly with some of today’s most acclaimed artists. Memorable collaborations include performances with Itzhak Perlman at Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, as well as collaborations with legendary conductor Michel Plasson, Pinchas Zukerman, Gary Hoffman, Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, and members of the Cleveland, Emerson, and Cavani String Quartets.

A sought-after leader, this season Ms. Zhulla leads the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, and appears as guest concertmaster with American Ballet Theatre orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera House. Her performances have been broadcast on PBS "Live from Lincoln Center", The Kennedy Center Honors, and on WQXR, among other radio stations throughout the nation.

A passionate educator, Ms Zhulla serves as the Starling Fellow teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman in The Juilliard School's College and Pre-College divisions. She is also chamber music faculty at Juilliard's Pre-College division, as well as at the Perlman Music Program, of which she is an alumna. Ms. Zhulla is the artistic director of the Perlman-Genesis Violin Project, a series of workshops at the Israel Conservatory in Tel Aviv. Ms Zhulla has served as guest violin faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and frequently leads masterclasses nationally and abroad.

Ms. Zhulla holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, and was a recipient of the George and Marie Vergottis Scholarship. Other teachers include Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec and her father, Lefter Zhulla.

Areta Zhulla, violin