2017-2018 Professional Concert Series
Fine Arts Quartet

Washington Conservatory of Music presents

Mozart & More

Ralph Evans, violin
Efim Boico, violin
Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola
Robert Cohen, cello
Alon Goldstein, piano
joined by Christian Gray, double bass

Friday, Jan 19, 2018 at 8 PM
Westmoreland Congregational
United Church of Christ
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
FREE (donations welcome) | directions

The Fine Arts Quartet has been called "The Dream Team" and was declared by the Washington Post "one of the gold-plated names in chamber music."

American violinist Ralph Evans, prizewinner in the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, concertized as soloist throughout Europe and North America before succeeding Leonard Sorkin as first violinist of the Fine Arts Quartet. More+

Russian-born violinist Efim Boico enjoys an international career that has included solo appearances under conductors Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Guilini, Claudio Abbado and Erich Leinsdorf, and performances with Radu Lupu, Pinchas Zuckerman and Daniel Barenboim, who chose him to be concertmaster of the Orchestre de Paris. More+

Canadian violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez was a first prize winner of the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, as well as prize winner in both the National Canadian Music Competition and the 9th National Sphinx Competition, and has recorded with Norah Jones and Chick Corea. More+

Cellist Robert Cohen made his concerto debut at the age of twelve at the Royal Festival Hall London. Throughout his distinguished international career, he has been hailed as one of the foremost cellists of our time, and in the words of New York Stereo Review, "plays like a God." More+

Pianist Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive pianists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence, dynamic personality, artistic vision and innovative programming. The New York Times described him as "…an irresistible powerhouse performance." He has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, Toronto and Vancouver symphonies as well as the Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles and Radio France Orchestra. He played under the baton of such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Jurowski, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Peter Oundjian, Yoel Levi, Yoav Talmi, Leon Fleisher and others. More+

Born in Winston-Salem, NC, bassist Christian Gray earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University studying with Edwin Barker and a master’s degree at Rice University where he studied with Paul Ellison. He has performed with many orchestras around Boston, including the Discovery Ensemble and Atlantic Symphony as well as the New World Symphony in Miami. Christian was invited to several music festivals, including Music Academy of the West, the Wabass: Institute for the 21st Century Bass Player, Brevard Music Center, Le Domaine Forget, and the Orford Arts Centre. In 2012, he was the first bassist to be named a fellow at the Garth Newel Chamber Festival. His past teachers include Paul Sharpe and Lynn Peters. Christian performs on a Lorenzo Carcassi model Bass violin made by Barrie Kolstein in 2000, a loan made possible with the generous support of Matthew Way and for winning Doublestop Foundation’s Instrument Loan Competition in 2014.


Audience members are invited to a post-concert Wine & Words in the church social hall – a fun and informal question and answer session with the musicians, with complimentary beverages.

The Washington Conservatory is a nationally accredited community music school for students of all ages. The Conservatory presents a professional monthly concert series October through May at Westmoreland Church in Bethesda and other public concerts and events throughout the year at Glen Echo Park. The Conservatory welcomes both seasoned and novice classical concert-goers and encourages families to attend our concerts with their children. Back balcony seating at the Westmoreland Circle location is suggested for families with small children as a courtesy to other audience members and to allow for easy exit. Conservatory Concerts are funded by donations and presented free of charge to allow those of all ages and economic means to enjoy outstanding live classical music in the community. Thank you for your generosity and support.

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