Cellist Wolfgang Laufer has died from lymphoma at the age of 64. Laufer was a member of the Fine Arts Quartet from 1979 until April of this year, and also served as professor of cello at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where the Fine Arts was quartet-in-residence.

Born in Romania, Laufer emigrated to Israel in 1961. After studies at the Tel-Aviv Academy, he became principal cellist of the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He subsequently held principal cello positions at the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic and the State Opera of Germany. He replaced founding cellist George Sopkin in the Fine Arts Quartet and toured internationally, both with the group and as a solo recitalist.