Between 1966 and 1986, Earl Carlyss was a member of the Juilliard String Quartet during which time he performed over 2100 concerts and recorded more than 100 works. Three of their recordings, the Debussy and Ravel Quartets, the Schoenberg Quartets, and the Beethoven Quartets, received Grammy Awards for the "Best Chamber Music recording of the Year". In 2011 the quartet was given the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
From 1960 on the Juilliard Quartet was in residence at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and for nine years at Michigan State University. In 1984 they were awarded the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts at MSU.
Mr. Carlyss, who was born in Chicago, began violin studies at the age of 10. Between 1955 and 1957 he attended the Paris Conservatoire, studying violin with Roland Charmy and chamber music with Jacques Février.
In 1957, he entered the Juilliard School as a pupil of Ivan Galamian, and in 1962 he made his recital debut in Weill Hall in New York.
Prior to joining the Juilliard String Quartet, he served as concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra.
Mr. Carlyss was the Director of the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies from 1984 to 2016. This program is one of the premier chamber music programs in America designed for intensive study by young professional string quartets.
Between 1986 and 2001 he was the first holder of the Sidney M. Friedberg Chair in Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He is currently teaching chamber music at the Juilliard School in New York City.
He is marred to pianist Ann Schein, with whom he has played innumerable concerts and duo recitals.