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Violinist Ralph Evans, prizewinner in the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, concertised as soloist throughout Europe and North America before succeeding Leonard Sorkin as leader of the Fine Arts Quartet. Evans, who has toured worldwide with the quartet since late 1982, has recorded over 100 solo and chamber works to date. A complete discography is listed at: fineartsquartet.com/evansrecordings

Evans received a doctorate from Yale University, where he also graduated cum laude with a specialization in music, mathematics, and premed. While a Fulbright scholar in London, he studied with Szymon Goldberg and Nathan Milstein, and subsequently won the top prize in a number of major American competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, and the National Federation of Music Clubs National Young Artist Competition.

Evans has also received recognition for his work as a composer. His award winning composition “Nocturne” has been performed on American Public Television and his String Quartet No 1, released on Naxos 8.559354, has been warmly greeted in the press (“rich and inventive” – Toronto Star; “whimsical and clever, engaging and amusing” – All Music Guide; “vigorous and tuneful” – Montreal Gazette; “seductive, modern sonorities” – France Ouest; “a small masterpiece” – Gli Amici della Musica).

See also the Fine Arts Quartet’s background and discography page for a list of Evans’s quartet recordings on the Naxos label.

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