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    Violinist Ralph Evans, 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 been touring worldwide with the Quartet since late 1982, has recorded over 100 solo and chamber works to date. Many of these recordings have been selected for Grammy® Awards entry lists in the "Best Classical Album" and/or "Best Chamber Music Performance" categories, and have received a variety of distinctions (e.g. "Recording of legendary status" (Gramophone),  "Recording of the Year" (3 times in MusicWeb International);  "Editor's Choice" (Gramophone); BBC Music Magazine "Choice", "Gramophone award-winner", "Critic's Choice" (American Record Guide). The Quartet also received a CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming given jointly by Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.  Evans's complete discography is listed at: fineartsquartet.com/evansrecordings.  
     
    Evans has received four degrees including a doctorate from Yale University, where he was graduated cum laude with multiple honors. 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 National Young Artist Competition. Films of his prize winning performances of the Tchaikovsky Concerto and Bartok Concerto No.2 in the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition are viewable on YouTube.
     
    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).
     
    Since 1982, Evans has been Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where the Fine Arts Quartet has been in residence. He has also been guest professor at the Paris Conservatory, Lyon Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Yale University, Indiana University, London Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music, and has been a jury member of the Bordeaux and Evian Competitions, among many others. 
     
    FURTHER INFORMATION ON RALPH EVANS
     
    CD gallery of recordings: http://fineartsquartet.com/cd-gallery/
     
    Naxos interview w/ Jeremy Siepmann:
     
    Naxos interview w/ Stephen Schafer: 
     
    FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE FINE ARTS QUARTET (WITH EVANS AS LEADER)
     
    Biography on FAQ website: http://fineartsquartet.com/biography/
    CD gallery of recordings: http://fineartsquartet.com/cd-gallery/

     

    Recent Publications:

    DISCOGRAPHY AND VIDEO Antheil Quartet No.3 (1948), Naxos CD 8.559354 (rec 2007) (on YouTube) Arriaga Quartet No.1, SWR10116 (rec 1996) (on YouTube) Arriaga Theme and Variations, Op.17 SWR10116 (rec 2005) (on YouTube) Bartok Concerto No.2, (live concert w/ State Orchestra of the USSR, cond P. Kogan) 1982 (YouTube: I, Ia, Ib, II, IIIa, IIIb) Bartók Sonata No. 1 (w/ Phillip Evans),Gasparo Records LP-255/CD GSS-2012 (rec 1983) (YouTube I, II, III) Bartók Sonata No. 2 (w/ Phillip Evans) Gasparo Records LP-255/CD GSS-2012 (rec 1983) (YouTube: I, II) Beethoven Quartet Op. 18, No.1, Lyrinx CD LYR 2254, Super Audio CD format (rec 2005) Beethoven Quartet Op. 18, No.2, Lyrinx CD LYR 2254, Super Audio CD format (rec 2005) Beethoven Quartet Op.18, No.2 (Finale only): live video of concert at National Gallery (rec 2014) Beethoven Quartet Op. 18, No.3, Lyrinx CD LYR 2254, Super Audio CD format (rec 2005) Beethoven Quartet Op. 18, No.4, Lyrinx CD LYR 2254, Super Audio CD format (rec 2005) Beethoven Quartet Op. 18, No.4, Saga Records (London), (rec 1985) unreleased Beethoven Quartet Op. 18, No.5, Lyrinx CD LYR 2254, Super Audio CD format (rec 2005) Beethoven Quartet Op. 18, No.6, Lyrinx CD LYR 2254, Super Audio CD format (rec 2005) Beethoven Quartet Op. 59, No.3, Lodia CD 7701 (rec 1986) (extract: Listen) (YouTube: I, II, III, IV) Beethoven Quartet Op.130, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier (rec live 2000) commercial film Beethoven String Quintet (w/ G. Sharon), Op.29, Naxos CD 8.572221 (rec 2008) (on YouTube) Beethoven String Quintet (w/ G. Sharon), Op.104, Naxos CD 8.572221 (rec 2008) (on YouTube) Beethoven String Quintet (w/ G. Sharon), Op.104 Finale only, (YouTube video of 2008 rehearsal) Beethoven String Quintet (w/ G. Sharon), Op.137, Naxos CD 8.572221 (rec 2008) (on YouTube) Bruckner Quartet in C Minor, SWR10241 (rec 2003) Bruckner Quartet in C Minor, Naxos CD 8.570788 & Profil CD PH13007 (rec 2007) (on YouTube) Bruckner String Quintet (w/ T. Hoffman), SWR10242 (rec 2003) Bruckner String Quintet (w/ G. Sharon), Naxos CD 8.570788 & Profil CD PH13007 (rec 2007) (on YouTube) Bruckner Intermezzo (w/ T. Hoffman), SWR10242 (rec 2003) Bruckner Intermezzo (w/ G. Sharon), Naxos CD 8.570788 & Profil CD PH13007 (rec 2007) (on YouTube) Bruckner Rondo in C Minor, SWR10241 (rec 2003) Bruckner Rondo in C Minor, Naxos CD 8.570788 & Profil CD PH13007 (rec 2007) (on YouTube) Debussy Quartet Op.10, Lodia CD 7702 (rec 1986) (YouTube: I, II, III, IV) Del Tredici Clarinet Quintet "Magyar Madness" (w/ M. Lethiec) (2006), Naxos CD 8.559796 (rec live 2015) Dohnányi Quartet No.1, Aulos Musikado CD AUL 66145, SWR 10043 (rec 2002) (on YouTube) Dohnányi Quartet No.2, Aulos Musikado CD AUL 66145, SWR 10043 (rec 2002) (on YouTube) Dohnányi Quartet No.3, Aulos Musikado CD AUL 66145, SWR 10043 (rec 2002) (on YouTube) Dohnányi Piano Quintet No.1 (w/ P. Frankl), Aulos Musikado CD AUL 66146 (rec 2002) (on YouTube) Dohnányi Piano Quintet No.2 (w/ P. Frankl), Aulos Musikado CD AUL 66146 (rec 2002) (on YouTube) Downey Bassoon Quintet (w/ R. Thompson), Heritage HTGCD 402 (rec 2002) Dvorak Quartet Op.96 ("American"), Gasparo Records LP GS-223 (rec 1985) POP Dvorak Quartet Op.96 ("American"), Lyrinx (France) CD 184 (rec 1998) Dvorak Quartet Op.105, Lyrinx CD 184 (rec 1998) Evans Quartet No.1, Naxos CD 8.559354 (rec 2007) (on YouTube) Fauré Piano Quintet No.1 (w/ C. Ortiz), Op. 89, Naxos CD 8.570938 (rec 2007) (on YouTube) Fauré Piano Quintet No.2 (w/ C. Ortiz), Op.115, Naxos CD 8.570938 (rec 2007) (on YouTube) Farrenc Nonetto, Op. 38 (w/ Bronx Arts Ensemble), Leonarda Records LP LPI-110, CD_LE353, (rec 1981) Foss: Composer's Holiday (1945) (w/ Lukas Foss), Koss Classics CD KC-1006 (rec 1990) (on YouTube) Foss: Dedication (1944) (w/ Lukas Foss), Koss Classics CD KC-1006 (rec 1990) (on YouTube) Foss: Early Song (1944) (w/ Lukas Foss), Koss Classics CD KC-1006 (rec 1990) (on YouTube) Franck String Quartet, Naxos CD 8.572009 (rec 2008) (on YouTube) Franck Piano Quintet (w/ C. Ortiz), Naxos CD 8.572009 (rec 2008) (on YouTube) Glass Quartet No.2 "Company" (1983), Naxos CD 8.559354 (rec 2007) (on YouTube) Glazunov Quartet (Five Novelettes), Op.15, Naxos CD 8.570256 (rec 2005) Glazunov String Quintet (w/ N. Rosen), Op.39, Naxos CD 8.570256 (rec 2005) Grieg Quartet (1st movement only) YouTube video of concert in Festival du Comminges, 2013 Haydn Quartet Op.54, No.1, Saga Records, (rec 1985) unreleased Haydn Quartet Op.64, No.5, ("Lark"), Lodia CD 7701 (rec 1986) (on YouTube) Haydn Quartet Op.64, No.5, ("Lark") (Finale only), Youtube video of Radio Netherlands broadcast (rec 2011) Haydn Quartet Op.71, No.2, (second movement only) YouTube video of Casals Festival concert, 2013 Haydn Quartet Op.77, No.1, Lyrinx CD 196 (rec 1998-99) Haydn Quartet Op.77, No.1, First movement only (YouTube video extract of 2008 rehearsal) Haydn Quartet Op.77, No.2, Lyrinx CD 196 (rec 1998-99) Herrmann Quartet "Echoes" (1965), Naxos CD 8.559354 (rec 2007) (on YouTube) Herrmann Clarinet Quintet "Souvenir de Voyages" (1967), Naxos CD 8.559796 (rec live 2013) Kreisler Quartet in A Minor (1919), Naxos CD 8.572559 (rec 2010) (on YouTube) Lalo Symphonie Espagnole (Finale only), Interlochen Records NMC-1967, 15A/B W4RS-3174/5 (rec 1967) Mendelssohn Concerto, Op. 64, Live concert w/ Chamber Orchestra in Milwaukee 1994 (YouTube: I , II, III) Mendelssohn Quartet Op.44, No.1, Koss Classics CD, (rec 1991) unreleased Mendelssohn Quartet Op.44, No.2, Koss Classics CD, (rec 1991) unreleased Mendelssohn String Octet, Op.20, (w/ Borodin Quartet), (rec 1990 live concert France) (YouTube: I, II, III, IV) Mendelssohn String Quintet No.1 (w/ D. Rossi), Op.18, Naxos CD 8.570488 (rec 2007) (on YouTube) Mendelssohn String Quintet No.2 (w/ D. Rossi), Op.87, Naxos CD 8.570488 (rec 2007) (on YouTube) Mozart Piano Concerto No.20, KV 466 arr. I. Lachner, (w/ A. Goldstein), Naxos CD 8.573398 (rec 2014) (YouTube: I, II, III) Mozart Piano Concerto No.21, KV 467 arr. I. Lachner, (w/ A. Goldstein), Naxos CD 8.573398 (rec 2014) (YouTube: I, II, III) Mozart Quartet K.421 (1st movement only) Youtube video of Radio Netherlands live broadcast (rec 2011) Mozart Quartet K.465 ("Dissonant"), Lodia CD 7700 and 7704 (rec 1986) (YouTube: I, II, III, IV) Mozart String Quintet K.174 (w/ Y. Gandelsman), Lyrinx CD LYR 2214 Super Audio CD format (rec 2001) Mozart String Quintet K.406 (w/ Y. Gandelsman), Lyrinx CD LYR 2214 Super Audio CD format (rec 2001) Mozart String Quintet K.406 (w/ J. Dupouy), Lodia CD 7704 (rec 1986) (YouTube: I, II, III, IV) Mozart String Quintet K.515 (w/ J. Dupouy), Lodia CD 7703 (rec 1986) (YouTube: I, II, III, IV) Mozart String Quintet K.515 (w/ Y. Gandelsman), Lyrinx CD LYR 2214 Super Audio CD format (rec 2001) Mozart String Quintet K.516 (w/ J. Dupouy), Lodia CD 7703 (rec 1986) (YouTube: I, II, III, IV) Mozart String Quintet K.516 (w/ Y. Gandelsman), Lyrinx CD LYR 2214 Super Audio CD format (rec 2001) Mozart String Quintet K.593 (w/ Y. Gandelsman), Lyrinx CD LYR 2214 Super Audio CD format (rec 2001) Mozart String Quintet K.614 (w/ Y. Gandelsman) , Lyrinx CD LYR 2214 Super Audio CD format (rec 2001) Rachmaninoff Quartet No.1 (Romance only), YouTube video of concert in Festival du Comminges, 2013 Rachmaninoff Quartet No.1, Lodia CD, (rec 1986) unreleased Ravel Quartet (1st movement only), YouTube video of Casals Festival concert, 2013 Ravel Quartet, Lodia CD 7702 (rec 1986) (extract on Listen page) (YouTube: I, II, III, IV) Rheinberger Nonet, Op.139 (w/ Bronx Arts Ens), Leonarda Records LP LPI-110, Thorofon (Germany) CD CTH-2061, BCTH2161/6 (rec 1981) Saint-Saëns Piano Quartet, Op.41 (w/ C. Ortiz), Naxos CD 8.572904, (rec 2012) (on YouTube) Saint-Saëns Piano Quintet, Op. 14 (w/ C. Ortiz), Naxos CD 8.572904, (rec 2012) (on YouTube) Saint-Saëns String Quartet No.1, Op.112, Naxos CD 8.572454, (rec 2009) (on YouTube) Saint-Saëns String Quartet No.2, Op.153, Naxos CD 8.572454, (rec 2009) (on YouTube) Schubert String Quartet No.14 ("Death and the Maiden"), Lodia CD 7700 (rec 1986) (YouTube: I, II, III, IV) Schumann Piano Quartet Op.47 (w/ X. Wang), Naxos CD 8.572661 (rec 2010) (YouTube: I, II, III, IV) Schumann Piano Quintet, Op.44 (w/ X. Wang), Naxos CD 8.572661 (rec 2010) (YouTube: I, II, III, IV) Schumann Quartet, Op.41, No.1, Naxos CD 8.570151 (rec 2006) (YouTube: I, IV) Schumann Quartet, Op.41, No.2, Naxos CD 8.570151 (rec 2006) (YouTube: II) Schumann Quartet, Op.41, No.3, Naxos CD 8.570151 (rec 2006) (Youtube: III) Shostakovich Quartet No.1, Op.49, Gasparo Records LP GS-223 (rec 1985) POP Shostakovich Quartet No.1, Op.49, Lyrinx CD, Super Audio CD format, unreleased (rec 2000) Shostakovich Quartet No.3, Op.73, Adès (Paris) CD 14.161-2 (rec 1989) POP Shostakovich Quartet No.4, Op.83, Lyrinx CD, Super Audio CD format, unreleased (rec 2000) Shostakovich Quartet No.7, Op.108, Adès CD 14.161-2 (rec 1989) POP (YouTube: I, II, III) Shostakovich Quartet No.8, Op.110, Lyrinx CD, Super Audio CD format, unreleased (rec 2000) Shostakovich Quartet No.11, Op.122, Adès CD 14.161-2 (rec 1989) POP (YouTube: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII) Tchaikovsky Concerto, Op.35, (live concert w/ State Orchestra of the USSR; cond P. Kogan) 1982 (YouTube: Ia, Ib, II, III) Tchaikovsky Scherzo, Op. 42-2, (live concert) Melodia (Moscow) LP C 10-18097-8 (rec 1982) POP Turina: La Oracion del Torero, Gasparo Records LP GS-223 (rec 1985) POP Wolf: Italian Serenade, Lodia CD 7701 (rec 1986) (on YouTube) Wolf: Italian Serenade, Hänssler Classic CD 93.024 (rec 1998) Wolf: Quartet in D Minor, Hänssler Classic CD 93.024 (rec 1998) Ysaÿe: Harmonies du Soir, Op.31 (1924) (w/Philharmonic Orchestra of Europe; cond O. Klöber), Naxos CD 8.572559 (rec 2010) (on YouTube) Zimbalist Quartet in E Minor (1931/rev 1959), Naxos CD 8.572559 (rec 2010) (on YouTube) Zimbalist Quartet in E Minor (1931/rev 1959), 2nd movement only: video extract of live performance at National Gallery (rec 2014)

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