Lawrence Dutton, violist of the Emerson String Quartet, winner of nine Grammy Awards, has collaborated with many of the world’s great performing artists, including Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Oscar Shumsky, Leon Fleisher, Walter Trampler, Menahem Pressler, Lynn Harrell, Yefim Bronfman, Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell, and Emanuel Ax, among others. He has also performed as guest artist with numerous chamber music ensembles such as the Beaux Arts Trio and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. He has been featured on two albums with the Grammy-winning jazz bassist John Patitucci and tours regularly with cellist Ralph Kirshbaum and violinist Robert McDuffie. With the Beaux Arts Trio he recorded the Shostakovich Piano Quintet, op. 57, and the Fauré G Minor Piano Quartet, op. 45, on the Philips label. His Aspen Music Festival recording with Jan DeGaetani for Bridge Records was nominated for a 1992 Grammy Award.
Mr. Dutton has appeared as soloist with many American and European orchestras, including those of Germany, Belgium, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Colorado, and Virginia, among others. He has also appeared as guest artist at the music festivals of Aspen, Santa Fe, Ravinia, La Jolla, and Chamber Music Northwest, and collaborated with the late Isaac Stern in the International Chamber Music Encounters. Currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Manhattan School of Music, Stony Brook University, and Mercer University in Georgia, Lawrence Dutton earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Lillian Fuchs, and has received honorary doctorates from Middlebury College, The College of Wooster, Ohio and Bard College. As a member of the Emerson String Quartet, he was a winner of the 2004 Avery Fisher Prize. Mr. Dutton exclusively uses Thomastik Spirocore strings and performs on a viola made by Samuel Zygmuntowicz.
Mr. Dutton is on leave for the 13-14 school year.