"The group remains one of the best chamber ensembles, not merely precise but expressive and intelligent to the last ounce." OC Register

First Australian tour in over 19 years

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Emerson String Quartet

7 Sep - 21 Sep 2019

2019 international concert season

Perhaps the most celebrated string quartet ever to emerge from the USA, the Emerson String Quartet is making its first Australian tour in over 19 years. Founded in 1976 and with only one personnel change in all that time, the ensemble has stacked up more than 30 recordings and countless awards. With such a pedigree, it is no surprise that the Emersons play with masterly warmth and ease: a spontaneous confidence and joy. 

Naturally enough, a master string quartet has chosen to play two programs of great masterpieces. Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven were writing with their audience very much in mind, and their quartets are full of attention-grabbing highlights and dreamy slow movements, while the vitality of folk music shapes the quartets of Dvořák and Bartók. Shostakovich’s Fifth Quartet did not appear until after the death of Stalin, when its icy, wintry darkness could at last be safely brought into the light.

Eugene Drucker violin
Philip Setzer violin
Lawrence Dutton viola
Paul Watkins cello 


Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne Weekday, Perth, Sydney Weekday

MOZART String Quartet no 21 in D major, K575
DVOŘÁK String Quartet no 10 in E-flat major, op 51
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet no 5 in B-flat major, op 92


Brisbane, Melbourne Weekend, Newcastle, Sydney Weekend

HAYDN String Quartet in D major, op 71 no 2
BARTÓK String Quartet in B flat major, no 5
BEETHOVEN String Quartet no 8 in E minor, op 59 no 2 ‘Razumovsky’

Presented in association with Brisbane Festival. Tour supported by the Musica Viva Amadeus Society.

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