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Emerson String Quartet

The Emerson String Quartet (Philip Setzer, violin – Eugene Drucker, violin – Lawrence Dutton, viola – Paul Watkins, cello) stands apart in the history of string quartets with: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year”. Cellist Paul Watkins, a distinguished soloist, award-winning conductor, and dedicated chamber musician, joined the ensemble for its 37th season in May of 2013.

The Quartet’s season began in Montreal followed by performances in Tianjin and Taiwan. Summer festival performances included Caramoor, Aspen, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Mostly Mozart and a residency at the Norfolk Music Festival. Late summer dates included European festivals in Berlin, Augsburg, Ascona, Città di Castello and Humlebaek, Denmark. In a season of over 80 quartet performances, mingled with the Quartet members’ individual commitments, Emerson highlights feature numerous concerts on both coasts and throughout North America. Multiple tours of Europe include dates in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Poland and the UK. The Emerson String Quartet continues its series at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC for its 34th season and gives a three-concert series in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. In May and June 2014, the Quartet will toured South America, Asia and Australia.

As an exclusive artist for SONY Classical, the Emerson recently released Journeys, its second CD on that label, featuring Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Schoenberg’s Verkläerte Nacht. Formed in 1976 and based in New York City, the Quartet took its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.