Major US quartet replaces its viola (again)

We hear that the Dutch based violist Gil Sharon is joining the Fine Arts Quartet next month.

He replaces Juan-Miguel Hernandez, who has lasted just three years.

The Fine Arts have been performing since 1946. In that time, they’ve had two first violins, three cellists and no fewer than 11 viola players.

Someone should tell them you have to be extra nice to violists.

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  • Looks like they need a new cellist as well. Robert Cohen’s website states that his final concert with the quartet is on 28th January 2018

  • Two first violins, three cellists and no fewer than 11 viola players. So no 2nd violin or is it the same player since 1946..

  • Let’s do the math again…
    Since 1946 they had 2 first violins,3 cellists and many violists…
    I assume then that for 71 years they still have the original second violinist…
    Well,I guess it is possible if she/he was in their late teens or early twenties!!
    Quite an accomplishment !!
    I guess someone told them to be extra nice to the second violinist at all times.

  • A fine quartet which has a position which is somewhat underfunded. They have had some very fine violists, who left for better (paid) positions elsewhere. I would not read too much into this.

  • They had a weekly radio b’cast on ABC radio in the 40’s. Their theme was a slow movt. in F # major from Hadyn Qt. Op. 76, #5.

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