Four American Quartets Podcast

Listen to Podcast: Four American Quartets (Aug 4, 2008) by Raymond Bisha, a Naxos classical music spotlight on the new Fine Arts Quartet recording of four string quartets by American composers: Philip Glass, George Antheil, Bernard Hermann, and Ralph Evans.

Acclaim for 'American Quartets' recording

The Fine Arts Quartet recording of "Four American Quartets" by Antheil, Herrmann, Glass, Evans, released by Naxos in July 2008, was selected for the 2009 Grammy Awards Entry list in the "Best Classical Album" category.  See Naxos News story about the recording session. For details on this CD: Naxos.

Baltic Music Festival Cruise

The Fine Arts Quartet and artists from the Festival Pablo Casals de Prades performed on a Baltic music festival cruise on-board the luxurious Regent Seven Seas Voyager. In addition to concerts at sea, the cruise, July 15-26, 2008, included visits to Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Riga, Gdansk, Copenhagen, Kalmar, Klaipeda, and Szczecin.

European Tour 2008

During the summer of 2008, the Fine Arts Quartet appeared in some of Europe's most distinguished concert series: the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival, Les Nuits Musicales du Suquet in Cannes, Le Festival de Quatuors à Cordes du Luberon, Le Festival Clef du Soleil in Lille, and Le Festival de Musique en Bourbonnais.

Acclaim for Mendelssohn Recording

The Fine Arts Quartet recording of the complete Mendelssohn String Quintets Op.18 and Op.87,  released by Naxos in May 2008, was named a Musicweb International "Recording of the Year 2008" and was selected for the 2009 Grammy Awards Entry list in the "Best Classical Album" category. This CD includes the first known recording of Mendelssohn's Minuetto in F-Sharp Minor movement, composed for the Quintet Op.18 but later replaced by a different movement before the Quintet was published.  See Naxos News story about the recording session.  For details on this CD: Naxos.

European Tour 2007

During the summer of 2007, the Fine Arts Quartet appeared in many of Europe's most renowned festivals: the Naantali Festival, Festival Pablo Casals de Prades, Festival de Quatuors à Cordes du Luberon, Festival International de Musique de Besançon, Fêtes Musicales de Savoie, Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival, Festival de Musique de Menton.

Acclaim for Glazunov recording

The Fine Arts Quartet recording of the Glazunov Five Novelettes and String Quintet, released by Naxos in March 2007, was named a Musicweb International "Recording of the Year 2007".  For details on this CD:  Naxos.

Acclaim for Schumann quartet recordings

The Fine Arts Quartet recordings of complete Schumann String Quartets released by Naxos in December, 2006, was named "one of the very finest chamber-music recordings of the year" by the American Record Guide in 2007 and was selected for the 50th Grammy Awards Entry List (2008) in two categories: "Best Classical Album" and "Best Chamber Music Performance". For details on this CD:  Naxos

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.