Joel Smirnoff

Joel Smirnoff

Violin

Conductor, violinist and eminent pedagogue Joel Smirnoff, is former President of the Cleveland Institute of Music and is presently on The Juilliard School faculty. A long-time member of the Juilliard String Quartet (JSQ), joining the Quartet in 1986 and moving to 1st Violin from 2nd Violin in 1997. In addition to his Grammy-nominated SONY disks with the Juilliard Quartet, Mr. Smirnoff also has an extensive catalog of solo recordings, including world premiere recordings of 20th century works. As a music educator, Mr. Smirnoff served on the chamber music faculty of The Juilliard School since 1986 and on the violin faculty since 1989. Mr. Smirnoff was Chair of the Juilliard Violin Faculty from 1992 until 2008 and served as conducting assistant to Maestro Seiji Ozawa and Head of String Studies at the Tanglewood Music Center from 1993-2000. Mr. Smirnoff made his official American conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony, conducting an all-Tchaikovsky program. Engagements quickly followed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Chicago Philharmonic, New World Symphony and others n Europe and Asia. Mr. Smirnoff received the Lifetime Grammy Award for his many recordings with the Juilliard String Quartet and the Alumni Professional Achievement Award from the University of Chicago, his Alma Mater. Mr. Smirnoff has served on the juries of the Naumburg and Indianapolis Violin Competitions. He will be on campus the last three weeks of the season.