RALPH EVANS (b 1953 )
RALPH EVANS, violinist, prizewinner in the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, concertized as soloist throughout Europe and North America before succeeding Leonard Sorkin as first violinist of the Fine Arts Quartet. Evans, who has toured worldwide with the Quartet since late 1982, has recorded over 100 works. A complete discography is listed at: fineartsquartet.com/evansrecordings.
Evans, a cum laude graduate of Yale University and Fulbright Scholar in London, studied with Szymon Goldberg and Nathan Milstein in Europe, and subsequently won the top prize in a number of major American competitions, among them, the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York. Films of his prize winning performances of the Tchaikovsky Concerto and
Bartók Concerto No. 2 in the International Tchaikovsky Competition are viewable on YouTube.
Evans has also received international 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 the Naxos label (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).
Evans is Professor of Violin and Chamber music at the New School University’s Mannes College of Music in New York.
See also the Fine Arts Quartet’s background and discography page.