Eugene DruckerViolinist Eugene Drucker, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, 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 with the American Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Chamber Symphony. A graduate of Columbia University and The Juilliard School, where he studied with Oscar Shumsky, Mr. Drucker 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, after having won prizes at the Montreal Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Mr. Drucker has recorded the complete unaccompanied works of Bach, reissued by Parnassus Records, and the complete sonatas and duos of Bartók for Biddulph Recordings. His novel, The Savior, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2007 and has appeared in a German translation called Wintersonate, published by Osburg Verlag in Berlin. Having served on the faculty of Stony Brook University since 2002, Mr. Drucker was recently named an Honorary Distinguished Professor by the State University of New York. His compositional debut, a setting of four sonnets by Shakespeare, was premièred 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. More recent compositions include Madness and the Death of Ophelia for female speaker/singer and string quartet. Eugene Drucker lives in New York with his wife, cellist Roberta Cooper, and their son Julian. Violins: Antonius Stradivarius (Cremona, 1686), Samuel Zygmuntowicz (NY, NY 2002), Ryan Soltis (Moyie Springs, Idaho, 2015)

Eugene Drucker last appeared with La Jolla Music Society with Emerson String Quartet in the Revelle Chamber Music Series on April 22, 2017