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Fine Arts Quartet

The Fine Arts Quartet, “one of the most golden names in chamber music” (Washington P ost), is one of the most prominent ensembles of chamber music, with an illustrious history of success and a legacy of more than 200 recorded works. Founded in Chicago in 1946, the Quartet is one of the few elites to have recorded and toured abroad for more than half a century.

Renowned violinists from the Quartet, Ralph Evans (winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition) and Efim Boico (former violin soloist of the Barenboim Orchestra of Paris) have performed together for 35 years. They are accompanied by two eminent musicians: violist Gil Sharon (founder of Ensemble Amati) and cellist Niklas Schmidt (co-founder of Trio Fontenay).

everal of the Quartet’s recent releases have been selected for Grammy® Awards in the “Best Classical Album” and / or “Best Chamber Performance” categories and have received numerous awards and honors, including: ” Gramophone Award-winning “and” Gramophone Classical Music Guide “,” Key Recording / Top Recommendation “,” Editor’s Choice “(Gramophone M agazine),” Critic’s Choice ” (American Record Guide), BBC Music Magazine Choice “,” The 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, co-hosted by Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. or (Mozart) will be released at Naxos in the fall of 2018.

Quartet members have nurtured many of today’s young international quartets while teaching at the Sorkin International Chamber Music Institute in Milwaukee and as visiting professors at major conservatories in Paris, London, and London. music festivals around the world.