Earl Carlyss was born in Chicago and made his New York recital debut in1962. He has served as a teaching assistant both to Ivan Galamian and to the Juilliard String Quartet. As a member of the Juilliard String Quartet from 1966 to 1986 he performed more than 2,100 concerts and recorded more than 100 works. Three of the ensemble’s recordings—the Debussy and Ravel Quartets, the Schoenberg Quartets, and the Beethoven Quartets—received Grammy Awards for best chamber music recording of the year.
Carlyss has been director of the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, a summer program designed for intensive study by young professional string quartets since 1984. He was the first holder of the Sidney M. Friedberg Chair in Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory (1986-2001). He received his BS and MS degrees from Juilliard where he studied with Ivan Galamian. From 1955 to 1957 he attended the Paris Conservatoire studying violin with Roland Charmy and chamber music with Jacques Fevrier. He has been on the faculty at Juilliard since 1996.