Premier string quartet comes to Ann Arbor

Sep 25, 2014

The Emerson String Quartet
Credit Courtesy - Lisa Mazzucco

It’s safe to say that the Emerson String Quartet is among the top such ensembles on the planet. In their more than three decades of existence, the Emerson’s  achievements include more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s "Ensemble of the Year" and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. The Emerson Quartet performs as part of the University Musical Society series at Ann Arbor’s Rackham Auditorium this Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Newest to the group is cellist Paul Watkins, who replaced Emerson’s founding cellist David Finkel nearly two years ago.

Current State’s Peter Whorf speaks with Paul Watkins to preview Saturday’s performance and to reflect on his early days with the group.