Eugene Drucker, a violinist and founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, previews their upcoming performance in Vancouver on 03 February 2013, discusses chamber music, violins, and more, with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.
This Sunday, 03 February 2013, the Emerson String Quartet will be performing at the Vancouver Playhouse at 3.00pm. They’re one of the world’s best known and lauded chamber groups. It’s known for among other things, its technical brilliance, dynamic sound, and unique interpretations. Joining me now is Eugene Drucker, one of the quartet’s violinists and one of its founding members. He joins me now to talk about the concert this Sunday, performing in Vancouver, chamber music, the quartet, and more. This performance this Sunday will mark the cellist David Finckel’s last appearance as a member of the Emerson String Quartet, at least here in Vancouver. This is the first personnel change since the late 1970s. Over the last 34 years, they’ve performed on average once a year here in Vancouver. Formed in 1976 named after the poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, the quartet has received nine Grammys as well as countless other awards and accolades. Eugene Drucker is also an active soloist. He graduated from Columbia and Julliard. He’s also written a novel, The Savior, published in 2007. The website for more is at www.emersonquartet.com. For tickets and more information visit www.friendsofchambermusic.ca. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program in New York City, Eugene Drucker; Mr. Drucker, good morning.