Ralph Evans HEADSHOT

Ralph Evans

  • Professor Emeritus, Violin, Chamber Music


DMA, Music, Yale University
MMA, Music, Yale University
MM, Music, Yale University
BA, Music, Yale University


Ralph Evans, violinist, 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. Evans, who has toured worldwide with the Quartet for over 40 years, has recorded more than 100 works released on over 50 different albums. A complete discography is listed at fineartsquartet.com/evansrecordings.

Evans, a cum laude graduate of Yale University and Fulbright Scholar in London, studied with Szymon Goldberg and Nathan Milstein in Europe, and subsequently won the top prize in a number of major American competitions, among them,  the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York. Films of his prize winning performances of the Tchaikovsky Concerto and Bartok Concerto No.2 in the International Tchaikovsky Competition are viewable on YouTube.

Evans has also received international recognition for his work as a composer. His award winning composition “Nocturne” has been performed on American Public Television and his String Quartet No.1,  released on the Naxos label, has been warmly greeted in the press (“rich and inventive” – Toronto Star; “whimsical and clever, engaging and amusing” – All Music Guide; “vigorous and tuneful” – Montreal Gazette; “seductive, modern sonorities” – France Ouest; “a small masterpiece” – Gli Amici della Musica).

Evans is Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the New School University’s Mannes College of Music in New York.


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