As first violinist of the Takács Quartet, Edward Dusinberre has won a Grammy and awards from Gramophone Magazine, the Japanese Recording Academy, Chamber Music America and the Royal Philharmonic Society. Outside of the quartet he has made recordings of Beethoven’s violin sonatas No 9 (Kreutzer) and No 10 (Decca).
Edward is also an author. His second book, Distant Melodies: Music in Search of Home, is published by Faber and University of Chicago Press in 2022. The book explores the themes of displacement and return in the lives and specific chamber works of Dvorák, Elgar, Bartók and Britten. His first book, Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet, takes the reader inside the life of a string quartet, melding music history and memoir as it explores the circumstances surrounding the composition of Beethoven’s quartets and the Takács Quartet’s experiences rehearsing and performing this music. The book won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2016 Creative Communication Award. Announcing the award the RPS Committee said: ‘Few have told so well of the musician’s life, or offered such illuminating insights to players and listeners alike’.Edward lives in Boulder, where he is Artist-in-Residence and a Christoffersen Fellow at the University of Colorado. In 2017 he was appointed a member of the faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama