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. Ms. Frucht joined the faculty of Adelphi University in the fall of 2022 as an Adjunct Professor of Violin.
Shortly after graduating from Juilliard, Ms. Frucht had the great privilege of joining the GRAMMY-nominated Aizuri Quartet. Notable highlights of recent seasons include the Quartet’s major concerto debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in performances of John Adams’s Absolute Jest, their debuts at the 92Y and Carnegie Hall, a collaborative program with Anthony McGill and Demarre McGill at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, a fellowship with WQXR for their Artist Propulsion Lab, and 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 has participated in numerous premieres, and has worked closely with composers such as Kinan Azmeh, Lembit Beecher, Douglas Cuomo, Brett Dean, Laura Karpman, David Serkin Ludwig, Layale Chaker, Steve Mackey, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw, Daniel Temkin, Michi Wiancko, 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 frequently serves as concertmaster and principal second violin of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and performs regularly with many other ensembles, including the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, and New York Classical Players. Her work as concertmaster has taken place under the batons of conductors such as John Adams, Federico Cortese, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, David LaMarche, Gerard Schwarz, and Osmo Vänska.