(Fine Arts Quartet)
The violinist and violist Gil Sharon began his musical studies in Bucharest and emigrated to Israel, continuing his studies at the Rubin Academy of Tel Aviv University. He is among the founders of the Israel Army String Quartet, which received the David Award. In 1971, he won first prize at the Emily Anderson Violin Competition in London. He was first concert master of the Maastricht Symphony Orchestra and guest concert master of the Barcelona Symphony and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist and recitalist, he has performed in Europe, Israel, Canada and the United States. He is founder and leader of the Sharon Quartet and the Amati Ensemble, which has had its own chamber music series in Maastricht and has been involved in the recording of several TV and CD productions. He has appeared frequently at the Pablo Casals and Upper Galilee Chamber Music Days festivals. 1997 he was honored with the Dutch Royal Award, Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau, by HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for his outstanding merits in the domain of chamber music.