The Importance of Chamber Music in a Musical Education (and LIFE)!
Juilliard faculty member and longstanding former member of the Juilliard Quartet Earl Carlyss explains to teachers, conscientious students and dedicated parents the vital importance and joy of including chamber music as a fundamental part of music education. Not only does practicing chamber music open up a diverse and expansive range of beautiful repertoire to explore, it is also the most enjoyable way to practice music. Chamber music is a joy shared between equal partners who are working together to create a thing of perfection and beauty. Playing chamber music together is the closest thing to mind reading.
Earl Carlyss is one of the best-known music educators in the United States. A former member of the Juilliard String Quartet, he has served as head of the Peabody School and Indiana University’s String departments. Carlyss has been the Director of the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies since 1984. This summer program is one of the premier chamber music programs in America, designed for intensive study by young professional string quartets.
Between 1986 and 2001, Carlyss was the first holder of the Sidney M. Friedberg Chair in Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Since 1996, he has taught violin and chamber music at Juilliard School in New York. For over 20 years (1966-1986), he was also a member of the Juilliard String Quartet, during which time he performed over 2,100 concerts and recorded more than 100 works. Three of their recordings received Grammy Awards for "Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year." Carlyss studied the violin at Juilliard and the Paris Conservatoire.