Emerson String QuartetStaller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University

Once every two years, three carefully selected string quartets are offered a rare opportunity to work with the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet.

Quartet-in-residence at Stony Brook University since 2002, the Emerson Quartet offers an intensive and thoughtful week of rehearsal, coaching, performance and career development to three groups awarded full tuition, room and board, and travel expenses.

This year's winning ensembles — the Cameleon Quartet, the Hausmann Quartet, and the Jasper String Quartet — will arrive on campus June 2 for a week of intensive study with the Emersons. The schedule, which includes a number of events open to the public, culminates in a pair of free public concerts in which the young performers will have a chance to show what they've learned.

Since its inception thirty years ago at the Juilliard School, the Emerson String Quartet has accrued a distinguished record of educational accomplishment, through teaching appointments at the Hartt School, the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshops in New York and Israel, the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshops, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and now, this premier workshop for serious pre-professional string quartets, inaugurated in 2004 and occurring biennially.

Dubbed "America’s greatest quartet" by Time magazine and renowned for its insightful performances, dynamic artistry and technical mastery, the Emerson String Quartet has amassed a remarkable list of accomplishments, including more than thirty recordings over twenty years on the exclusive Deutsche Grammophon label, eight Grammy Awards including two for Best Classical Album, three Gramophone Awards and sold-out performances in the musical capitals of the world.

ESQ logoTheir 30th Anniversary was celebrated last season with a nine-concert “Perspectives” series in Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium, featuring a complete Beethoven quartet cycle in context with other works.

The Emerson's artistic activity has also included such recent initiatives as The Noise of Time, a ground-breaking theater collaboration with Simon McBurney’s Complicité based on Shostakovich’s 15th Quartet, and the launch of their own ESQ podcasts.