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Emerson String Quartet

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Emerson String Quartet: The 2009-2010 season comprises more than ninety worldwide engagements, with a three-concert series at Queen Elizabeth Hall in South Bank Centre, two concerts at London's Wigmore Hall, and performances in Prague, Edinburgh and multiple stops in Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and France. North American engagements are highlighted by a three-concert series entitled Adventures in Bohemia at Lincoln Center with a correlated 3-CD set for Deutsche Grammophon of Dvorák's late quartets, Cypresses and the viola quintet. In 2010, the Quartet embarks on a rare tour of Asia, visiting Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Taipei. The Quartet continues its residency at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, now in its 30th sold-out season, and is Quartet-in-Residence at Stony Brook University.

Formed in 1976, the Emerson String Quartet took its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. Violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer alternate in the first chair position and are joined by violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist David Finckel. Since January 2002, Messrs. Drucker, Setzer and Dutton have stood while performing; Mr. Finckel sits on a podium. The Quartet is based in New York City.