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Overview

The Emerson Quartet has amassed an unparalleled list of achievements over four decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s "Ensemble of the Year" and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time.

The arrival of Paul Watkins in 2013 has had a profound effect on the Emerson Quartet. Mr. Watkins, a distinguished soloist, award-winning conductor, and devoted chamber musician, joined the ensemble in its 37th season, and his dedication and enthusiasm have infused the Quartet with a warm, rich tone and a palpable joy in the collaborative process. The reconfigured group has been praised by critics and fans alike around the world. “The Emerson brought the requisite virtuosity to every phrase. But this music is equally demanding emotionally and intellectually, and the group’s powers of concentration and sustained intensity were at least as impressive." The New York Times

Formed in 1976 and based in New York City, the Emerson was one of the first quartets whose violinists alternated in the first chair position.  In 2002, the Quartet began to stand for most of its concerts, with the cellist seated on a riser.  The Emerson Quartet, which took its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, is Quartet-in-Residence at Stony Brook University. During the spring of 2016, full-time Stony Brook faculty members Philip Setzer and Lawrence Dutton received the honor of Distinguished Professor, and part-time faculty members Eugene Drucker and Paul Watkins were awarded the title of Honorary Distinguished Professor. In January 2015, the Quartet received the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, Chamber Music America’s highest honor, in recognition of its significant and lasting contribution to the chamber music field.

"With musicians like this there must be some hope for humanity."

-The Times (London)

Emerson Quartet

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Program

Haydn: Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2
Turnage: Shroud  [Philadelphia Premiere]
Schumann: Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3

Emerson Quartet
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Emerson Quartet

Date: Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Beethoven: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, Serioso
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 4, Op. 83
Tchaikovsky: Quartet in E-flat Minor, Op. 30

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Truman Bullard.

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Emerson Quartet w/ Roberto Dí­az, viola

Date: Friday, February 5, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Schubert: Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, Rosamunde
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 10, Op. 118
Mendelssohn: String Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 87

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with Jonathan Coopersmith 

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1
Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74, Harp
Ravel: Quartet in F Major

 

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with Steven Kreinberg

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mendelssohn: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 14, Op. 142
Beethoven: Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Steven Kreinberg.

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Copland: Lento for Quartet
Berg: Lyrische Suite
Grieg: Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: Quartet in D Major, K. 575
Mozart: Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 589
Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546
Mozart: Quartet in F Major, K. 590

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: Quartet in D Minor, Op. 103
Dillon: Quartet No. 5, “Into the Night” [Philadelphia Premiere]
Schubert: Quartet in G Major, D. 887

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Monday, October 19, 2009 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Schubert: String Quartet in E-flat Major, D. 87
Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74, "Harp"
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 8:00 PM

Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Haydn: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 74, No. 3, Hob. III:74, "Rider"
Shostakovich: String Quartet in D-flat Major, Op. 133
DvoÅ™ák: Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74, B. 148
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Monday, October 13, 2008 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

DvoÅ™ák: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 51, B. 92
Prokofiev: String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 50
DvoÅ™ák: String Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105, B. 193

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Monday, October 15, 2007 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, "Dissonant"
SaariahoTerra Memoria
Beethoven: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, "Razumovsky"

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Emerson Quartet w/ Gilbert Kalish, piano

Date: Friday, October 13, 2006 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: String Trio in E-flat Major, K. 563, "Divertimento"
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Friday, February 10, 2006 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Beethoven: String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"
Maw: String Quartet No. 4 [World Premiere - PCMS Commission]
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12
Janáček: String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"
Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 -

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 103, Hob. III:83
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80
Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Friday, March 7, 2003 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 20, No. 3, Hob. III:33
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, No. 5, Hob. III:79
HaydnThe Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross, Op. 51, Hob. III:50-56

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Friday, November 16, 2001 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Haydn: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 74, No. 3, Hob. III:74, "Rider"
Shostakovich: String Quartet in B-flat Minor, Op. 138
Beethoven: String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Razumovsky"

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Sunday, November 19, 2000 - 5:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1, Hob. III:81
Shostakovich: String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 122
Brahms: String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Prokofiev: String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2, Hob:. III:76, "Quinten"
Zwilich: String Quartet No. 2
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, "Razumovsky"

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 1998 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Mozart: String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 589
Shostakovich: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 49
Beethoven: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Friday, December 6, 1996 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Beethoven: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3
Rorem: String Quartet No. 4
Ravel: String Quartet in F Major

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Thursday, February 22, 1996 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 33, No. 6, Hob. III:42
CacioppoNayénč›zgani, Slayer of Monsters [World Premiere/PCMS Commission]
DvoÅ™ák: String Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105, B. 193

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Thursday, May 11, 1995 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Beethoven: String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Bartók: String Quartet No. 4
Brahms: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Thursday, November 12, 1992 - 8:00 PM

Location: Port of History Museum,

Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1  Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
Beethoven:  String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky”

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Emerson Quartet

Date: Monday, April 29, 1991 - 8:00 PM

Location: Port of History Museum,

Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546
Wernick: String Quartet No. 4 [World Premiere/PCMS Commission]
DvoÅ™ák: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 61, B. 121

Boston Globe

“The Emerson performances represent an extraordinary fusion of experience and authority with audacity and freshness.”

The Times (London)

“With musicians like this there must be some hope for humanity.”

New York Times

“The performances were everything we have come to expect from this superb ensemble: technically resourceful, musically insightful, cohesive, full of character and always interesting.”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“Few string quartets have regularly displayed such individuality among members -- an ideal stance for coloring and differentiating the complex strands of the fugues.”

Newsday

“The Emerson has staked its claim to being the one indispensable quartet in a world that is constantly creating more, excellent ensembles.”

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