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FINE ARTS QUARTET

Ralph EvansEfim Boico, violin
Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola
Robert Cohen, cello

The Fine Arts Quartet, “one of the gold-plated names in chamber music” (Washington Post), 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. It performs 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 String 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.

The Quartet’s recording with pianist Alon Goldstein of Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 20 and 21, arranged for piano and string quintet by Ignaz Lachner, is scheduled for release on the Naxos label in 2015.

Other Fine Arts Quartet recordings (available in the Naxos Music Library) include the complete string quartets of Dohnanyi (SWR10043) as well as quartets by Arriaga (SWR10116).

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


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