The acclaimed, multi-award winning Emerson String Quartet celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala concert at Wigmore Hall on Sunday 13 November.

The quartet, originally formed in 1976, has since gone on to achieve over three decades of unrivalled success, with accolades that include nine Grammys®, three Gramophone awards, and the Avery Fisher Prize amongst many others. In 2013, the quartet saw the arrival of celebrated cellist Paul Watkins and “the quartet has continued its award-bestrewn progress ever since” (The Independent).

Of the gala performance, the Financial Times writes, “But from the start the most enduring attribute has been the sheer technical excellence of the quartet’s playing. For precision and unanimity it is second to none. […] Forty years on, the Emerson String Quartet remains at the top of its game.”

The Telegraph also praised the quartet’s celebratory concert, writing of the performance of Tchaikovsky’s Third Quartet, “this is music that speaks directly, without undue Tchaikovskian rhetoric, and the Emersons delivered it with warmth.”