"With musicians like this there must be some hope for humanity."

The Times (London)

“American’s greatest quartet”

TIME Magazine

The Emerson String Quartet has maintained its status as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles for more than four decades. The Quartet has made more than 30 acclaimed recordings, and has been honored with nine GRAMMYs® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” award. They have worked with some of today’s most esteemed composers to premiere new works, and have partnered with soloists such as Renée Fleming, Barbara Hannigan, Evgeny Kissin, Emanuel Ax, and Yefim Bronfman, to name a few.


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Announcing the Final Farewell concert: October 22, 2023
January 30, 2023

Announcing the Final Farewell concert: October 22, 2023

The Emerson String Quartet will say goodbye to their listeners on October 22, 2023, from the CMS of Lincoln Center stage

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February 5, 2023

Longwood Gardens


Kennett Square, PA

Mendelssohn: Eb Major, Op. 12 Brahms: Bb Major, Op. 67 Intermission Beethoven: E Minor, Op. 59, #2 Time: 4:00 pm

February 12, 2023

Schubert Club

Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ

Saint Paul, MN

Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, Op. 33, No. 5 in G Major, Hob. III: 41 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 12 in D-flat Major, Op. 133 Intermission Dvorak: String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major, Op. 105 Time: 4:00 pm

February 17, 2023

Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society

Wolfe Recital Hall at Del Mar College

Corpus Christi

Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D minor K. 421 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 12 in D flat major, Op. 133 Intermission Walker: Lyric for Strings Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D. 804 “Rosamunde” Time: 7:30 pm

latest album

Schumann: String Quartets

The Emerson String Quartet makes its PENTATONE debut with a recording of Schumann’s three string quartets.

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January 18, 2023
The Boston Globe

After more than four decades, a distinguished quartet bows out

Founded in 1976, the Emerson String Quartet plans a proper farewell in Jordan Hall concert this Sunday.