Since forming in 1976, the Emerson String Quartet has earned a reputation as one of the great chamber music ensembles in the world. The group has made more than 30 recordings since 1987, has won nine Grammy Awards (including two for Best Classical Album) and was the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize in 2004.
The quartet, which is made up of violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist David Finckel, takes its name from American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.
On Wednesday night, check out the group play late quartets by Mozart and Beethoven at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. The program will include a performance of the first movement of Mozart’s Quartet in D, which is also available for download above. If you can't make it to the Lincoln Center show, watch the Emerson’s commanding performance of Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 3, III in the video below.