VIDEO: CIM’s Joel Smirnoff Wins Grammy

CIM’s Joel Smirnoff Wins Grammy
Julliard Quartet honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Cleveland couldn’t be prouder of Cleveland Institute of Music president Joel Smirnoff and his colleagues the Julliard String Quartet, for which he played violin since 1986. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by a vote of The Recording Academy’s National Trustees to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. This will be the Quartet’s fifth Grammy Award.

Read the tribute by pianist Emmanuel Ax who celebrates the Julliard Quartet’s pioneering spirit and the contribution they have made to the “the incredible rise in popularity and knowledge of the string quartet literature- and the fact that most music lovers are now as aware and excited by quartets as they are a grand opera…” Read more here.

Watch the video interview with Cool Cleveland from 09.09.08 when Joel Smirnoff had just started his tenure as president of Cleveland Institute of Music, and listen for his delightful violin playing in Mixon Hall. Watch the video here.

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