World Premieres

During the 2003-4 season, the Fine Arts Quartet gave world premiere performances of Efrem Podgaits's extraordinary quintet, Ex Animo, with guest artist Friedrich Lips, one of the world's foremost bayanists. This Quintet, commissioned by the Fine Arts Quartet, was the first piece Podgaits (born in 1949) had written for the combination of string quartet and bayan-accordion.