Last in Israel in 1996, the world-renowned Emerson Quartet opens the Master Musicians series at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center on January 10 at 11 a.m. with Schubert and Shostakovich string quartets. Violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer founded the quartet in 1976; they alternate as first violin. The pair is joined by violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist David Finckel. In its glittering 32-year history, the Emerson, named for American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, has walked off with eight Grammy Awards - including two for Best Classical Album - three Gramophone Awards and the Avery Fisher Prize (the first quartet to win this honor). The complete Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich string quartets are among their more than 30 recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, with whom they've worked since 1987. The Emerson also plays in Jerusalem on January 8 at the YMCA and in Haifa at Rapaport Hall on January 7.