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David Finckel

Departures

David Finckel | Posted 08.20.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

Almost a month has passed since I played my final concert as cellist of the Emerson String Quartet after a run of 34 years. After thousands of concerts, incalculable hours of rehearsals, unforgettable meals, joke-telling and schlepping; one moment I was in, and the next I was out.

Gene, Larry, and Phil

David Finckel | Posted 07.01.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

What greeted their mortified cellist in the wings, after having caused the ultimate concert disaster, was not anger but gales of hysterical laughter and a tidal wave of empathy. Knowing that I could not possibly have felt any worse, their instinctive reaction to see the funny side of situation saved me.

Disappearing Music

David Finckel | Posted 06.17.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

I've never before said a final goodbye to a piece of music, but just before Christmas I packed up two enormous suitcases of quartet music and took it to my basement storage bin. It was a strange sensation, somewhat ghoulish, like burying one's self alive.

Making Music in the Emerson String Quartet

David Finckel | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

I have told people often, in all seriousness, that I became a cellist in my teens through learning the solo literature, but that I became a musician in my twenties from playing in the Emerson String Quartet.

Notes From Our Final European Tour

Eugene Drucker | Posted 05.13.2013 | Arts
Eugene Drucker

This is as good a moment as any to repeat what we often say when interviewers ask us the secret for staying together so long: a sense of humor is essential in trying to maintain a sense of perspective about oneself.

Vanishing Rituals

David Finckel | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

There is a good deal of curiosity about the private lives of string quartets, as if they were bizarre, secret societies. I answered a small variety of questions this way I can begin to give you some idea of what it's really like.

Touring Scenarios: Places, People and Passion

David Finckel | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

Over the past thirty-four seasons my world has grown to enormous proportions of extraordinary depth and richness because of the places and people now as familiar to me as my own home, and in some cases, as my own family.