• Emmanuel Lopez, cello

    Emmanuel Lopez, cello

    Emmanuel Lopez has spent the last thirty-one years as a member of the highly acclaimed Harrington String Quartet and as the Philip Periman Endowed Chair in Violoncello at West Texas A&M University

    He holds degrees from Yale University, University of Connecticut and Juilliard School.

    He has won numerous cello competitions, including the Janos Starker-Aldo Parisot International Cello Competition, the Debut Competition of Los Angeles, the Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition, second prize at the Louis McMahon International String Competition, and others

    As a member of the Harrington Quartet, Lopez has received top accolades from most of the world’s top string quartets, including the Juilliard and the Tokyo quartets, earning their highest esteem. His work with the legendary Amadeus String Quartet, led cellist Martin Lovett to write that Lopez is a “fine cellist and musician - it was a pleasure to work together.” Peter Salaff, formerly of the Cleveland Quartet, stated that “this quartet is composed of four excellent instrumentalists who perform with warmth, sincerity, temperament, beautiful sound, and at a high technical level.” The Dallas Morning News wrote “...in Beethoven’s C Major ‘Razumofsky’ Quartet, the impression was of elegant conversation, sometimes ebullient, sometimes deeply reflective.”

    As a recording artist, Lopez was nominated for a Grammy Award on Delos’ Bach/Bachianas with soprano Arlene Auger and the Yale Cellos and more recently as a member of the Harrington Quartet for their recording of the string quartets by Daniel McCarthy on Albany Records. He has also been featured on the latest release of the Phoenix Chorale's Northern Lights for Chandos, to critical acclaim.

    For Delos, he recorded Tchaikowsky’s Rococo Variations for cello and orchestra with the Paraiba Symphony under the direction of Eleazar de Carvalho and also received critical acclaim for his recording of Samuel Jones' Cello Sonata with pianist Denise Parr-Scanlin on the Naxos label. Most recently, with the Harrington Quartet, he can be heard on a release of the Mendelssohn Viola Quintets with guest artist James Dunham on Centaur Records also earning critical acclaim.