Eugene Drucker – bio

Violinist EUGENE DRUCKER, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet in 1976, is also an active soloist. 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. A longtime participant at the Berkshire Bach Society New Year’s concerts, 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 9 Grammys and 3 Gramophone Magazine Awards. In 2016, Deutsche Grammophon released a 52-CD box set, containing the Emerson Quartet’s complete discography with that company. 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. He is a visiting professor of chamber music at Stony Brook University. 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.  Mr. Drucker has just returned from his extensive 2017 tour in Europe.

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