Emanuel Hurwitz is internationally
renowned as one of Britain's foremost chamber musicians. He studied at
the Royal Academy of Music and after war service founded the Hurwitz String
Quartet. For over twenty years he was leader of the English Chamber Orchestra
where he frequently appeared as soloist and conductor. During this time
he led the Melos Ensemble with whom he made recordings (now on CD) of the
major ensemble repertoire.
He spent two seasons as leader of
the New Philharmonia Orchestra under Otto Klemperer and Carlo Maria Giulini,
sometimes directing the orchestra himself. From 1970-1981 he was leader
of the Aeolian String Quartet with whom he toured extensively as well as
making many recordings including the complete 22 CD set of Haydn String
Quartets and the Late Beethoven Quartets.
Emanuel Hurwitz was awarded the
Gold Medal of the Worshipful Company Of Musicians of London and in 1978
the CBE for outstanding services to chamber music.