Hilda Woolf, manager of the Fine Arts Quartet in France and the UK, issued the following announcement in 2017:
"It is a great pleasure to announce that the renowned Fine Arts Quartet (FAQ), one of the world's most enduring and recorded quartets, will soon be joined by two exceptional and experienced chamber musicians: violist Gil Sharon (Amati Ensemble) and cellist Niklas Schmidt (Trio Fontenay). As the legendary FAQ celebrates its 72nd anniversary, violinists Ralph Evans and Efim Boico, who have performed together for 35 years, are thrilled to welcome such dedicated and accomplished artists who have been frequent guest artists with the FAQ over the years. Upcoming events with the new members include a European tour in the summer of 2018, concerts at the San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico and International Mendelssohn Festival in Hamburg, and a new recording, the Quartet's 16th for the Naxos label. The FAQ has recorded over 200 works, with their latest, a recording of Mozart, due to be released by Naxos in September, 2018."