Emerson String Quartet

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

“…electrifying…” – New York Times

Founded at the Julliard School and performing professionally since 1976, the Emerson String Quartet has been one of America’s leading string quartet for much of its 40 years. Named for poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, its more than 30 recordings have won seven Grammy awards for Best Chamber Music Performance, and two for Best Classical Music Album. The Emerson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize, was inducted into the Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2010, and in 2015 received the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, the highest award in the chamber music world.


String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, Op. 10, No. 2, K. 421 – W.A. Mozart

String Quartet No. 10 in A-Flat Major, Op. 118 – Dmitri Shostakovich

String Quartet No. 11 in C Major, Op. 61 – Anton Dvorak


  • Mozart’s quartet is the second in a set of six dedicated to Haydn, considered by many to be the finest quartets written by anyone up to that time.
  • The Shostakovich String Quartet No. 10 is among the most memorable and approachable of his fifteen quartets. It is his last in the traditional four movement form.
  • The Dvorak Quartet, Op. 61, was a commission from Vienna’s influential Hellemesberger Quartet. The commission is believed to have been facilitated by Brahms. The quartet is heavily influenced by the Viennese traditions of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, who resided there.

Performances of all three works by the Emerson Quartet are available on recording or online. Its most recent release is a collaboration with world-renowned soprano, Renée Fleming.