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The Fine Arts Quartet ranks among the most distinguished ensembles in chamber music today, with an illustrious history of performing success and an extensive recording legacy. Founded in Chicago in 1946, and based at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 1963, the quartet is one of the elite few to have recorded and toured internationally for over half a century. Each season, Ralph Evans and Efim Boico (who have been playing together for over thirty years), Juan Miguel Hernandez, and Robert Cohen perform worldwide, in such cities as New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Mexico City, and Toronto.

The quartet has recorded over 200 works. Their latest releases have received many distinctions, among them: “Gramophone award-winner and recording of legendary status” (2012 Gramophone Classical Music Guide), “Key Recording/Top Recommendation” (2010 Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music), and “Editor’s Choice” (Gramophone magazine, 2010). Releases on Naxos include the world première of Efrem Zimbalist’s Quartet (1959), Eugène Ysaÿe’s long-lost masterpiece, Harmonies du soir, Fritz Kreisler’s Quartet, Saint-Saëns Quartets and Piano Quartet/Quintet, Beethoven Quintets, Franck Quartet/Quintet, Fauré Quintets, Schumann String Quartets and Piano Quartet/Quintet, Bruckner chamber music, Mendelssohn Quintets, quartets by Antheil, Herrmann, Glass, Evans, and Glazunov chamber music. Other FAQ recordings available in the Naxos Music Library include quartets of Dohnányi and Arriaga.

For more information on the Fine Arts Quartet, including a complete discography, please visit fineartsquartet.com.

See Naxos interview with Ralph Evans of Fine Arts Quartet

The Finer Arts – Ralph Evans talks to Jeremy Siepmann

Fine Arts Quartet
Left–right: Ralph Evans, Efim Boico, Robert Cohen and Juan-Miguel Hernandez
Photo: Robert Devers

Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Ensemble 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The) (3rd Expanded Edition, 2009) Naxos Educational
Chamber Music
BEETHOVEN, L. van: String Quintets, Opp. 29 and 104 / Fugue, Op. 137 (Fine Arts Quartet, Sharon) Naxos
Chamber Music
BRUCKNER, A.: String Quintet in F Major / String Quartet in C Minor (Fine Arts Quartet) Naxos
Chamber Music
EVANS, R.: String Quartet No. 1 / GLASS, P.: String Quartet No. 2 / ANTHEIL, G.: String Quartet No. 3 / HERRMANN, B.: Echoes Naxos
Chamber Music
FAURE, G.: Piano Quintets (Ortiz, Fine Arts Quartet) Naxos
Chamber Music
FRANCK, C.: String Quartet in D Major / Piano Quintet in F Minor (Ortiz, Fine Arts Quartet) Naxos
Chamber Music
GLAZUNOV: 5 Novelettes / String Quintet in A Major Naxos
Chamber Music
KREISLER, F.: String Quartet / ZIMBALIST, E.: String Quartet / YSAYE, E.: Harmonies du soir (Fine Arts Quartet, Philharmonic Orchestra of Europe) Naxos
Concertos, Chamber Music
MENDELSSOHN: String Quintets (Complete) Naxos
Chamber Music
MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 and 21 (arr. I. Lachner for piano, string quartet and double bass) (Goldstein, Fine Arts Quartet, Calin) Naxos
SAINT-SAENS, C.: Piano Quartet / Piano Quintet / Barcarolle (Fine Arts Quartet, Ortiz) Naxos
Chamber Music
SAINT-SAENS, C.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 (Fine Arts Quartet) Naxos
Chamber Music
SCHUMANN, R.: Piano Quintet / Piano Quartet / Marchenerzahlungen (Fine Arts Quartet, Xiayin Wang) Naxos
Chamber Music
SCHUMANN: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 Naxos
Chamber Music
WOLF: String Quartet in D Minor / Italian Serenade in G Major SWR Klassik
Chamber Music

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