Eugene Drucker – Bio

Nine-time Grammy and three-time Gramophone Magazine Award winner, Eugene Drucker, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, is a long-time soloist with the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, and has just completed his third highly successful season as Music Director of the Bach at New Year’s concerts for The Berkshire Bach Society.

He has appeared with the orchestras of Montreal, Brussels, Antwerp, Liege, Hartford, Richmond, Omaha, Jerusalem, and the Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as the American Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Chamber Symphony. A graduate of Columbia University and the Juilliard School, where he studied with Oscar Shumsky, he was concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, with which he appeared as soloist several times. He made his New York debut as a Concert Artists Guild winner in the fall of 1976, having won prizes at the Montreal Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

He has recorded the complete unaccompanied works of Bach for Parnassus Records, and the complete sonatas and duos of Bartók for Biddulph Recordings. With the Emerson Quartet, Mr. Drucker plays 90 concerts a year throughout North America and Europe. The quartet’s recorded repertoire ranges from Bach and Haydn to contemporary works, and has been rewarded over the years with nine Grammys and three Gramophone Magazine Awards. In 2016, Deutsche Grammophon released a 52-CD box set, containing the Emerson Quartet’s complete discography with that company.

His compositional debut, a setting of four sonnets by Shakespeare, was premiered by baritone Andrew Nolen and the Escher String Quartet at Stony Brook in 2008; the songs have appeared as part of a 2-CD release called “Stony Brook Soundings,” issued by Bridge Recordings in the spring of 2010.  Subsequent compositions include Madness and the Death of Ophelia, for female speaker/singer and string quartet, and a suite for violin and piano based on Shakespeare sonnets and scenes from Hamlet.  His novel, The Savior, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2007 and appeared in a German translation called Wintersonate, published in 2010 by Osburg Verlag in Berlin.

Mr. Drucker makes frequent extensive international tours and is a visiting professor of chamber music at Stony Brook University. 

His violin makers include Antonius Stradivarius (Cremona, 1686), Samuel Zygmuntowicz (NY, NY, 2002) and Ryan Soltis (Moyie Springs, Idaho, 2015).

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