Joseph Zoellner Sr. was born in 1862 in Brooklyn, New York. He formed the Zoellner Quartet in 1903 in Brooklyn with his three children: Antoinette, Amandus, and Joseph, Jr. They lived in Stockton, Calif. from 1903-6, where Joseph had a music store, and from 1906-12 they toured and studied in Europe. Returning to the U.S. in 1919, they settled in Los Angeles where the four founded the Zoellner Conservatory of Music in 1922, while continuing to perform. Amandus Zoellner was Head of the Violin Dept., Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.), from 1918 to 1925. In 1950, Joseph Jr. formed a second Zoellner Quartet with non-family members. Under that name, it played for seven years until his death, when it disbanded. It's significant to note that Bessie Bartlett Frankel personally sponsored the first professional string quartet concerts in Los Angeles, featuring artists such as the Zoellner Quartet.