As cellist in the Juilliard String Quartet from 1974 to 2016, Joel Krosnick has performed the great quartet literature throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and recorded it for the Sony Classical, Wergo, and CRI labels. He has also performed as a soloist and recitalist around the world. With his sonata partner of more than 40 years, pianist Gilbert Kalish, Krosnick has performed recitals throughout the U.S. and Europe. The duo has recorded the complete sonatas and variations of Beethoven and the sonatas of Brahms as well as works by Poulenc, Prokofiev, Carter, Hindemith, Debussy, Janáček, Ralph Shapey, and Henry Cowell for the Arabesque label. His recording on Arabesque, entitled Forgotten Americans, includes music by Hall Overton, Ben Weber, Ernst Bacon, and Otto Luening. Krosnick’s recording of the Sonata for Solo Cello by Arthur Schnabel appears on the CP2 label and his recording of Roger Sessions’ Six Pieces for Solo Cello is available on Koch Classics.
Krosnick is the recipient of the Chevalier du Violoncelle Award from the Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. In 2011, as a member of the Juilliard String Quartet, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
In 2015, Joel Krosnick received the Juilliard School President’s Medal for Service to the Arts.
Born in New Haven, Conn., Krosnick completed his bachelor of arts degree at Columbia University and holds honorary doctoral degrees from Michigan State University, Jacksonville University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has been a member of the Juilliard faculty since 1974 and chair of the cello department since 1994. He is also on the faculty of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.