Emerson String Quartet

March 9, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Priory Rd
Malvern WR14 3DR

Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer violins

Lawrence Dutton viola Paul Watkins cello

Dvořák String Quartet No.11 in C, Op.61

Shostakovich String Quartet No.4 in D, Op.83

Beethoven String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132

Emerson String QuartetThe Emerson String Quartet – which took its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson – has accumulated an unparalleled list of achievements over three 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 as cellist in 2013 has had a profound effect on the Emerson Quartet: 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 greeted with impressive accolades. ‘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]

Founded in 1976 and based in New York City, the Emerson was one of the first quartets formed with two violinists alternating in the first chair position. In 2002, the Quartet began to stand for most of its concerts, with the cellist seated on a riser. In 2015, the Quartet received the Richard J Bogomolny National Service Award, Chamber Music America’s highest honour, in recognition of its significant and lasting contribution to the chamber music field.

Malvern Concert Club is honoured to welcome the Emerson Quartet, who are tonight coming specially to Malvern in the midst of a European tour.