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Emerson String Quartet in Winona

Posted at 5:57 AM on January 22, 2010 by Gillian Martin
Filed under: Concerts, Musician stories

The Emerson String Quartet performs in Winona tomorrow night under the auspices of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival.

The four of them have played together for more than 30 years now. What's the secret to their longevity?

Cellist David Finckel says that their friendship is solid, but what drives them is the work itself: "There is so much to do, just to play everything we are committed to, and to do it at the level that people have come to expect of us."

Read more about what Mr. Finckel has to say about the Emersons, the state of string quartets generally, and his (lack of) work-life balance in this two-part interview by Madison, WI-based critic and blogger Jacob Stockinger.