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Chamber Music Houston Presents The Emerson String Quartet

Cellist Paul Watkins talks about life with the Emerson String Quartet and the group’s upcoming Houston concert.


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Emerson String Quartet
The Emerson String Quartet are [L-R] violinist Eugene Drucker, violinist Philip Setzer, violist Larry Dutton and cellist Paul Watkins. Photo by Lisa Mazzucco.

Hailed as “the most impressive of American string quartets” by The New York Times, the Emerson String Quartet has an impressive list accomplishments, including thirty-plus recordings, nine Grammy Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize and most recently the 2015 Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award from Chamber Music America, in honor of its significant and lasting contribution to the chamber music field. 

Equally outstanding among its achievements is the Emerson’s longevity and limitless energy, as the group rounds out its 38th season. Formed in 1976 and based in New York City, the quartet is named after American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. In May of 2013, the long-time group bid farewell to founding cellist, David Finckel, and welcomed aboard Welsh cellist, Paul Watkins, as its new member.

Chamber Music Houston presents the Emerson String Quartet this Thursday, April 30, 7:30pm at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall. The program features Haydn’s String Quartet in G major, Op. 33, No. 5; Mozart’s String Quartet in G major, K. 387; and Beethoven’s String Quartet in a minor, Op. 132.

Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu rang up cellist Paul Watkins in New York to chat about life with his new “family.”


Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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