A new cellist for veteran US quartet

A new cellist for veteran US quartet


norman lebrecht

February 07, 2018

The British cellist Robert Cohen has announced he is leaving the Fine Arts Quartet after six years to resume his solo career.

His replacement is the German veteran, Niklas Schmidt, formerly of the Fontenay Trio.

Schmidt is the quartet’s fourth cellists in 72 years. There have been 10 viola replacements.



  • Pianofortissimo says:

    The Fontenay was a wonderful trio, well-documented in their recording legacy. The Fine Arts Quartet got an excellent new cellist in Niklas Schmidt.

  • Michael Comins says:

    Founded after WW II, the FAQ used to b’cast weekly on ABC radio. Its theme was the F sharp slow movement from Haydn Op 76, #5.