Route 44/272, Norfolk, CT 06058. Phone: 860-542-3000.
The Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, violin; Philip Setzer, violin; Lawrence Dutton; viola; and David Finckel, cello)stands alone in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: over thirty acclaimed recordings since 1987, nine Grammy® Awards (including two for Best Classical Album, an unprecedented honor for a chamber music group), three Gramophone Awards, the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and cycles of the complete Beethoven, Bartók, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich string quartets in the world's musical capitals. The Quartet has collaborated in concerts and on recordings with some of the greatest artists of our time. In 2000, the Emerson was named "Ensemble of the Year" by Musical America, and, in March 2004, became the 18th recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. In February 2012 the Emerson String Quartet announced its first member change in over 34 years. British cellist Paul Watkins replaced David Finckel, who retired from the quartet at the end of the 2012-13 season. The Emerson Quartet will be in residence in Norfolk for one week and will give a performance on Saturday, August 2nd of quartets by Beethoven and Shostakovich, as well as the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with clarinetist David Shifrin.