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Emerson String Quartet

The Emerson String Quartet has maintained its stature 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”.

Paul Barnes

Praised by the New York Times for his “Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity,” pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing. His commitment to new music has resulted in significant commissions and noteworthy recordings.

Paul Barnes

Praised by the New York Times for his “Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity,” pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. He has been featured seven times on APM’s Performance Today, on the cover of Clavier Magazine, and his recordings are streamed worldwide.  

Paul Neubauer, Chamber music master class

Violist Paul Neubauer's exceptional musicality and effortless playing led the New York Times to call him “a master musician.” Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras, and has premiered viola concertos by Bartók (revised version of Viola Concerto), Friedman, Glière, Jacob, Kernis, Lazarof, Müller-Siemens, Ott, Penderecki, Picker, Suter, and Tower.

Philip Setzer, Chamber music master class

Violinist Philip Setzer, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and began studying violin at the age of five with his parents, both former violinists in the Cleveland Orchestra. He continued his studies with Josef Gingold and Rafael Druian, and later at the Juilliard School with Oscar Shumsky. He is Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at SUNY Stony Brook, and recently has been touring and recording the piano trios of Schubert and Mendelssohn with David Finckel and Wu Han.

Matt Haimovitz

Cellist Matt Haimovitz is acclaimed for both his tremendous artistry and as a musical visionary—pushing the boundaries of classical music performance, championing new music, and initiating groundbreaking collaborations.

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