The Perlman Music Program Suncoast presents Members of the Juilliard String Quartet with Anna Polonsky, piano

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The Perlman Music Program Suncoast presents Members of the Juilliard String Quartet with

Anna Polonsky, piano at First Congregational Church on March 13, 2022

SARASOTA, Fla. (February 7, 2022) — The Perlman Music Program Suncoast presents Members of the Juilliard String Quartet with Anna Polonsky, piano on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 7:00pm at First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota, Fla.General admission tickets are $54 (plus a $2 processing fee) and are available for sale now at

The Juilliard String Quartet program previously announced has been changed due to the death of the Quartet’s violist, Roger Tapping. The Quartet will honor Roger’s memory with a program of piano quartets featuring Anna Polonsky on piano.

"We are heartbroken to have lost our beloved colleague and friend Roger Tapping,” members of The Juilliard String Quartet said in a statement. “One of the most passionate and celebrated chamber musicians of his generation, Roger was adored by students, colleagues, and audiences around the world. His love for performing and teaching radiated from his very being and deeply touched all who knew him. We will continue to be inspired by his unstoppable energy and zeal, qualities that he brought to all his musical collaborations. Our daily quartet rehearsals were elevated by Roger’s love for playing string quartets together. The pleasure he derived from music-making was palpable and inspiring, not just for those of us who were his colleagues, but for the generations of young musicians who were fortunate enough to have known and worked with him. These concerts are dedicated to his memory.”

Following a sold-out performance at the Sarasota Opera House in 2019, Juilliard String Quartet members Areta Zhulla, violin; Ronald Copes, viola; and Astrid Schween, cello, return to Sarasota, along with pianist Anna Polonsky, to perform repertoire by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Johannes Brahms.

First violinist Areta Zhulla, the newest member of the Juilliard String Quartet, was a PMP “Little,” attending The Perlman Music Program Summer School from 2000-2005, and one season as a PMP Winter Residency student. Between 2009 and 2016, she returned to the Suncoast to perform PMP Alumni: Around Town outreach programs in the community and in schools. Ms. Zhulla and Ms. Schween are faculty members with The Perlman Music Program Summer Music School and Chamber Music Workshop. They, along with violinist and violist Ronald Copes, are faculty with The Juilliard School in New York City, and are all sought-after teachers on the string and chamber music faculties.

Founded in 1946 and hailed by The Boston Globe as “the most important American quartet in history,” the Juilliard String Quartet draws on a deep and vital engagement to the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works, a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. Each performance is a unique experience, bringing together the members’ profound understanding, total commitment, and unceasing curiosity in sharing the wonders of the string quartet literature. The Quartet’s recordings of the Bartók and Schoenberg Quartets, as well as those of Debussy, Ravel and Beethoven, have won Grammy Awards. In 2011 the Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to receive a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. To learn more about the Juilliard String Quartet, click here.

Pianist Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, among others, and has collaborated with such musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Peter Wiley, and Jaime Laredo. Ms. Polonsky is a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. She made her solo piano debut at the age of seven at the Special Central Music School in Moscow, Russia; emigrated to the United States in 1990; and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Ms. Polonsky received her Bachelor of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of the renowned pianist Peter Serkin, and continued her studies with Jerome Lowenthal, earning her Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School. In addition to performing, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College, and at the Marlboro and Kneisel Hall chamber music festivals. To learn more about Anna Polonsky, click here.

The Perlman Music Program Suncoast presents

Members of the Juilliard String Quartet with Anna Polonsky, piano

Sunday, March 13 at 7:00pm | Doors open at 6:30pm

First Congregational Church

1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota, FL.

General Admission Tickets: $54 (plus a $2 processing fee)

PROGRAM (subject to change)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, K. 493

Krzysztof Penderecki – String Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello

Johannes Brahms – Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60.

Perlman Suncoast will be following #SafeArtsSarasota protocols for all events. Our Health and Safety Guidelines are available at

About The Perlman Music Program Suncoast

The Perlman Music Program Suncoast cultivates audiences of all ages through classical music performances and education outreach programs, including hosting the annual Perlman Music Program Winter Residency on the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Campus, PMP Alumni: Around Town, PMP Alumni: At Home, and PMP Alumni: In Schools. Through its relationship with PMP, founded by Toby Perlman, and with a world-renowned faculty, including internationally-acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, Perlman Suncoast offers the public the unique opportunity to witness the talent and spirit of extraordinarily gifted and promising young string students and accomplished graduates.

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