Eugene Drucker

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Eugene Drucker (second from left) in the Emerson String Quartet (2014)

Eugene Drucker (born May 17, 1952 in Coral Gables ) is an American violinist and founding member of the Emerson String Quartet .


Eugene Drucker's parents had to emigrate in 1938 because of anti-Semitism in Germany during the Nazi era and thus escaped the Holocaust . The violin student Ernst Drucker (1909–1993) was forced in Cologne in 1933 to finish his performance of Johannes Brahms' violin concerto after the first movement. In 1946 he was briefly a member of the Busch Quartet . Eugene Drucker studied English and literature at Columbia University and music with Oscar Shumsky at the Juilliard School , where he also became concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, with which he also appeared as a soloist. Drucker received an award at the Concours Musical Reine Elisabeth and played in a concert by the Concert Artists Guild in 1976 . Since then, Drucker has played as a violin virtuoso with various international symphony orchestras. Drucker recorded Béla Bartók's violin sonatas and duos . As a student, Drucker founded a string quartet with the violinist Philip Setzer as an equal primary violinist in 1976 , which they named after the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson .

Drucker plays a Stradivarius from 1686 and an instrument made by New York violin maker Samuel Zygmuntowicz from 2002.

Drucker has set four sonnets of Shakespeare to music, which premiered in 2008 with the baritone Andrew Nolen and the Escher String Quartet . In 2007 Drucker wrote a novel in which he thematized the fate of a German violinist and Jew in the first half of the 20th century.

Drucker is married to cellist Roberta Cooper, they have a son and live in New York City.


  • The Savior . Simon & Schuster, 2007
    • Winter sonata . From the american. Engl. Transl. by Inge Leipold. Berlin: Osburg, 2010 ISBN 978-3-940731-35-7

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Ernest Drucker: 1909–1993 , at the Leo Baeck Institute
  2. Violinist finishes work started by father, stopped by Nazis , CBS News , June 2, 2015
  3. James R. Oestreich : When Great Art Meets Great Evil , conversation with Eugene Drucker and Henry Grinberg , in: New York Times , July 29, 2007