After a degree in musicology at the Sorbonne, Louis Fima was awarded first prize for viola and for chamber music at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique (CNSM) in Paris, before continuing his studies at Yale University in the United States. In 1982 he was awarded second prize in the viola category at the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition of Belgrade.
For more than ten years Louis Fima has been associated with the Intercontemporain Ensemble and French National Theatre La Comédie Francaise. He has been principal viola soloist of many chamber orchestras. Violist of the Razumowsky Quartet, he founded the Brahms Sextet in 1985 and, subsequently, the Arpeggione Quartet in 1987. These formations received international acclaim and awards, performing in prestigious festivals.
At the same time, Louis Fima maintains a very busy teaching career, teaching viola in Paris. He is also Pierre-Henri Xuereb's assistant at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, and teaches alto viola at the Conservatoire of the 19th arrondissement in Paris. Moreover his enthusiasm enables him to combine his alto classes at the regional CRR Conservatoire and his role as orchestra conductor for student ensembles. In September 2013, he was also asked to teach the preparatory class for string quartets.
For over 15 years, Louis Fima has been a regular guest at the Academy Festival in Les Arcs, Savoy, and, since 2007, at the festivals of the Academie du Grand Nancy and the Nancyphonies, as well as the Neuvic, Tignes, and Grand Paris festivals-academies.
Since 1994, Louis Fima has been teaching in the ProQuartet-CEMC training program. In 2013 he took part in the European Esther program, a “joint venture” between ProQuartet in Paris and the Royal College of Music, London.