Emerson String Quartet
Acclaimed for its insightful performances, brilliant artistry and technical mastery, the Emerson String Quartet is one of the world's foremost chamber ensembles, and has amassed an impressive list of achievements: a brilliant series of recordings exclusively documented by Deutsche Grammophon since 1987; six Grammy Awards including two unprecedented honors for "Best Classical Album;" three Gramophone Magazine Awards and performances of the complete cycles of Beethoven, Bartók and Shostakovich quartets in major concert halls throughout the world. The ensemble is lauded globally as a string quartet that approaches both classical and contemporary repertoire with equal mastery and enthusiasm. For a quarter of a century, the group has collaborated with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Misha Dichter, Leon Fleisher, the Guarneri String Quartet, Thomas Hampson, Lynn Harrell, Barbara Bonney, Barbara Hendricks, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Menahem Pressler, Mstislav Rostropovich, David Shifrin, Richard Stoltzman and the late Isaac Stern and Oscar Shumsky.
In the summer of 2005, the Quartet continued its exploration of Dmitri Shostakovich, with multiple performances of "The Noise of Time" in both Paris and Moscow with Simon McBurney's theatre ensemble Complicité. In April and May, 2006 the Emerson performs the complete Shostakovich string quartet cycle for Great Performers at Lincoln Center as part of A Creative Path, the Music of Dmitri Shostakovich, which also includes Valery Gergiev conducting the complete symphonies.