Ralph Evans and Robert Cohen were interviewed by Bonnie North on Lake Effect.
They discussed the addition of violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez to the quartet and their first concert of the fall – Haydn’s Seven Last Words.
Click here to hear the interview – about 16 minutes in length.
Juan-Miquel Hernandez to continue as violist!
Hernandez has been touring with the quartet and will be a part of the 2014-2015 season at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee..
Spanish Soprano, Ruth Rosique, will join the Fine Arts Quartet for the first concert:
The Quartet will open the season with a rare performance of Joseph’s Haydn’s masterpiece – The Seven Last Words of Christ. Jose Peris Lacasa arranged the work for quartet with soprano.
Join us at the Zelazo Center Sunday, September 21 at 3PM
A pre-talk will begin at 2PM
While in Utrecht, Netherlands in April. The Fine Arts Quartet presented a concert commemorated by a plaque. Try your hand at the Dutch or read the translation below.
“Following the extraordinary vision of Dini Adams (1959-2008). She lived there until 2008 and brought chamber music back into the chamber.
Since 2011, the house hosts “It is playing nearby”: Music, theater, literary and other arts current in contemporary society.
In addition, the arts center provides housing for young music students. For a small fee they can rent a room and, for further enrichment, make use of the concert hall, the beautiful grand piano and the extensive music library.
On April 22, 2014, the DAKB House was officially inaugurated by Gilbert Isabella, city council member of Utrecht.
The Fine Arts Quartet and pianist Anastasia Injushina performed Beethoven, Schubert and Dvorak.”
A great review:
“Put together a list of the world’s most enduring string quartets, and the Fine Arts Quartet — a powerhouse of American chamber music for more than six decades — will rank very near the top. That’s due to the group’s incisive powers of interpretation and a taste for off-the-beaten-path repertoire, both of which were in evidence…Tuesday night, when the quartet appeared at the Kennedy Center…The Fine Arts Players turned in a superb and absolutely impassioned performance — a seamless and astute reading from its slashing opening chords to its galloping, heart-racing finale.”
(Stephen Brookes, Washington Post, December 13, 2012) Full review
To read more reviews see the Fine Arts Quartet site – More Reviews
This summer, the Fine Arts Quartet will be recording a new CD.
Naxos releases the Fine Arts Quartet’s latest recording to fabulous reviews. March 2013.
The Fine Arts Quartet, with brilliant Brazilian pianist Cristina Ortiz, recorded three magnificent chamber works by the French master Camille Saint-Saëns: the Piano Quintet, Op.14, Piano Quartet, Op.41, and the rarely performed Barcarolle, Op.108 in the composer’s piano quartet version. This is the Quartet’s first recording with its eminent new cellist, Robert Cohen.
Learn about all recordings on the Fine Arts Quartet site