Joel Smirnoff

Contact Information

Born in N.Y.C.

President, Cleveland Institute of Music, 2008-2016. Violinist, Juilliard String Quartet, 1986-2008. Chair, Juilliard violin department, 2000-08. In 2000, made his official American conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony, conducting an all-Tchaikovsky program; has since conducted the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, Louisiana Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, and New World Symphony, among others. In Europe, led the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the Basel Sinfonietta in a European tour with Charles Rosen as soloist in the Elliott Carter Piano Concerto. Second-prize winner, International American Music Competition for Violin, 1983; subsequently awarded debuts at Carnegie Hall on its Emerging Artists series and at Town Hall on its Midtown Masters series. Recipient of a Lifetime Grammy Award for his recorded work with the Juilliard String Quartet and an Alumni Professional Achievement Award from the University of Chicago. As a jazz musician, had solos featured on the Grammy Award-winning CD Tony Bennett Sings Ellington Hot and Cool; has also been guest soloist with Gunther Schuller and the American Jazz Orchestra, and the Billy Taylor Trio.

Degrees and Studies

BM and MM degrees from The Juilliard School; also studied at the University of Chicago. 

The Juilliard School

Faculty, 1986-2008; returning in fall 2016.