EMMA FRUCHT

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Violinist Emma Frucht’s favorite way of communicating with the world has been music for as long as she can remember. A native New Yorker, she grew up in a musical family. Her mother is a violist, her father plays violin and piano, and her two younger sisters play cello and violin. Ms. Frucht completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University, majoring in Art History with a focus on Modern and Contemporary Art. Upon graduating from Harvard, she received the Robert Levin prize for excellence in musical performance. Ms. Frucht earned her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a Kovner Fellow, studying with Naoko Tanaka and Daniel Phillips. Her other primary teachers include Lynn Chang, and Louise Behrend.

Shortly after graduating from Juilliard, Ms. Frucht had the great privilege of joining the GRAMMY-nominated Aizuri Quartet. In recent seasons the Aizuri Quartet has been the Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, grand prize winner of the 2018 M Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and first prize winner of the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Notable highlights of the 21-22 season include the Quartet’s major concerto debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in performances of John Adams’s Absolute Jest, its debut at the 92Y, a collaborative program with Anthony McGill and Demarre McGill at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the premieres of new string quartets by Lembit Beecher and Paul Wiancko presented by the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. 

Summers immersed in chamber music have always been a great love of Ms. Frucht’s. Over the past decade she has been a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Taos School of Music, and Yellow Barn. She has also been an artist at the Halcyon Music Festival, the Kyoto International Music Festival, and the Manchester Summer Chamber Music series in Ipswich, MA. Recent partnerships have included Natasha Brofsky, Jerry Grossman, David Hardy, Michael Kannen, Alan Kay, Seth Knopp, Katherine Murdock, Heng-Jin Park, Daniel Phillips, the late Roger Tapping, and Marcus Thompson. A fierce advocate of new music, Ms. Frucht relishes any chance to collaborate with living composers. She participated in numerous premieres during her time at Harvard, and has since worked closely with composers such as Lembit Beecher, Douglas Cuomo, Brett Dean, Laura Karpman, David Serkin Ludwig, Steve Mackey, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw, Daniel Temkin, Paul Wiancko, and Jörg Widmann. 

As a young musician at Juilliard Pre-College, Ms. Frucht first had the opportunity to sit concertmaster, igniting her passion for orchestral leadership. She has served as co-concertmaster and co-principal second violin of the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra. Her work as concertmaster has taken place under the batons of conductors such as John Adams, Federico Cortese, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, Gerard Schwarz, and Osmo Vänska. Ms. Frucht frequently performs with New York-based orchestras, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The American Ballet Theater Orchestra, The American Symphony Orchestra, and New York Classical Players.