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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 legacy of over 200 recorded works. Founded in Chicago in 1946, the Quartet is one of the elite few to have recorded and toured internationally for well over a half-century.

The Quartet’s renowned violinists, Ralph Evans (prizewinner in the International Tchaikovsky Competition) and Efim Boico (former concertmaster of the Orchestre de Paris under Barenboim) have performed together for 36 years. They are joined with two eminent musicians: violist Gil Sharon (founder of the Amati Ensemble), and cellist Niklas Schmidt (co-founder of the Trio Fontenay).

Many of the Quartet’s latest releases have been selected for inclusion on GRAMMY Awards entry lists in the categories “Best Classical Album” and/or “Best Chamber Music Performance” and have received multiple awards and distinctions, among them: “Gramophone award-winner” and “recording of legendary status” (Gramophone Classical Music Guide), “Key Recording/Top Recommendation” (Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music), “Editor’s Choice” (Gramophone), “Critic’s Choice” (American Record Guide), “BBC Music Magazine Choice”, “Recording of the Year” [3 times] (MusicWeb International), and a GRAMMY Award for producer Steven Epstein (Fauré Quintets with Cristina Ortiz), The Quartet also received the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, given jointly by Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. The Quartet’s latest 3 CDs (Beethoven, Mozart, Dvořák) will be released by Naxos in 2020. See: Naxos news.

The Quartet members have nurtured many of today’s top young international quartets while teaching at the Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music in Milwaukee and serving as guest professors at major conservatories in Paris, London, New York, Beijing, and music festivals all over the world. For more information on the Fine Arts Quartet, including a complete discography, please visit: fineartsquartet.com

Fine Arts Quartet

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: Celebrate Beethoven – Chamber Music Naxos
Chamber Music
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Celebrate Beethoven - Music from His Late Compositional Period (c.1815–1827) Naxos
Chamber Music
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Celebrate Beethoven – Rarities and World Premières Naxos
Chamber Music
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Fugues and Rarities for String Quartet (Fine Arts Quartet) Naxos
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
FAURÉ, 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
HAYDN, J.: String Quartets (Complete) (Dekany Quartet, Fine Arts Quartet) Vox
Chamber Music
HERRMANN, B.: Souvenirs de Voyage / DEL TREDICI, D.: Magyar Madness (Lethiec, Fine Arts Quartet) Naxos
Chamber Music
KREISLER, F.: String Quartet / ZIMBALIST, E.: String Quartet / YSAYE, E.: Harmonies du soir (Fine Arts Quartet, Philharmonic Orchestra of Europe) Naxos
Concerto, 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
MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 and 24 (arr. I. Lachner for piano, string quartet and double bass) (Goldstein, Fine Arts Quartet, Bickard) 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 Classic
Chamber Music

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