The quartet performed its final concerts on 21 and 22 October 2023.

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After 44 seasons comprising thousands of concerts on multiple continents, dozens of recordings, and definitive performances of great repertoire, the Emerson Quartet said goodbye to its listeners in its final concert, hosted by the Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center in New York.

The quartet performed Beethoven String Quartet in B flat major op.130, with the ‘Grosse Fuge’ op.133. Following the interval, the quartet’s former cellist and CMS co-artistic director David Finckel joined the ensemble in a performance of Schubert’s String Quintet in C major.

The players chose the works as an illustration of the group’s dedication to the classics of quartet repertoire.

’Thank you to those who could be with us this past weekend as we shared our final notes,’ said the quartet on social media. ’We are overwhelmed by the wave of love and praise that continues to pour in.’

The Emerson Quartet formed at the Juilliard School in 1976, comprising violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Guillermo Figueroa, Jr. and cellist Eric Wilson. Violist Lawrence Dutton joined the group in 1977, while Finckel became a member in 1979. He was succeeded by Paul Watkins in 2013, who joined Drucker, Setzer and Dutton in the group’s final formation.

All photos courtesy CMS.

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