- String Quartet
Recent Miró Quartet seasons have included concerts in some of the world's most important concert venues, such as Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic's Kammermusiksaal, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Italy’s Festival Internazionale Quartetto d'Archi Reggio Emilia, the Dresden Music Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Palacio Real de Madrid. The Miró Quartet has been Quartet-in-Residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two in New York City, and was named to the Distinctive Debut Series of Carnegie Hall, which in conjunction with ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) provided debut appearances in Cologne, Stockholm, Brussels, London, Vienna, Amsterdam and Athens. In recent seasons, the ensemble has collaborated with such artists as Leif Ove Andsnes, Joshua Bell, Eliot Fisk, Lynn Harrell, Midori, Jon Kimura Parker and Pinchas Zukerman. The Miró Quartet is also a favorite of numerous summer festivals having appeared regularly at Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, and the White Pine Festival. In the summer of 2010, the Miró Quartet performed at Music@Menlo, San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival, and the Banff Centre among others.
Highlights of the Miró Quartet’s 2009-2010 season included a critically acclaimed return performance at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as well as performances in Montreal, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Tucson among many others. The season also brought successful tours of Germany and Japan as well as return to the St. Barths Music Festival in the French West Indies. The Quartet also collaborated with acclaimed theater director Katie Mitchell and actor Stephen Dillane in the Donmar Warehouse’s production of T.S. Elliot’s Four Quartets presented by Great Performers at Lincoln Center.
The Quartet has been heard on numerous national radio broadcasts, including American Public Media’s Performance Today and Minnesota Public Radio's Saint Paul Sunday. Internationally, it has been featured on radio networks across Europe, Canada and Israel. The Quartet has also been seen on ABC's World News Tonight, A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts, and on various programs of the Canadian Broadcasting Company. At the invitation of Isaac Stern, the Quartet performed in a live broadcast at the Jerusalem Music Center in Israel and was featured in the PBS-TV "American Masters" documentary: "Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso".
In addition to a mastery of the standard repertoire, the Quartet maintains a fierce devotion to contemporary music. The Miró Quartet has commissioned and performed music by such composers as Brent Michael Davids, Leonardo Balada, Kevin Puts, Jack Perla, Chan Ka Nin, Dominic Maican and David Schober, and Gunther Schuller.
The Miró Quartet serves as the Faculty String Quartet-in-Residence at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Its members - violinists Daniel Ching and Sandy Yamamoto, violist John Largess, and cellist Joshua Gindele - teach private students and coach chamber music there, while maintaining an active international touring schedule. With the Miró on campus, the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin is one of only a small group of universities whose faculties include a world-class string quartet. Deeply committed to fostering the next generation of musicians, the quartet was on faculty at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University before their current position in Austin. On short notice, the Quartet filled in for both Isaac Stern and Henry Meyer, leading master classes in Lucerne, Switzerland and Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland. In the summers, the Miró Quartet has taught and performed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Lake Tahoe Music Festival, and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. The Quartet gives frequent master classes at many institutions around the world.
The Miró Quartet has released several recordings, most recently a disc featuring live performances of works by Dvorak and Kevin Puts. Other releases include the Op. 18 quartets of Beethoven on the Vanguard Classics label as well as a disc featuring music by George Crumb and Rued Langgaard for Bridge Records. The Miró Quartet’s recording of Crumb's Black Angels received much international acclaim, including the French "Diapason d'Or". The Miró Quartet is also featured on an Oxingale release entitled “Epilogue”, performing Mendelssohn's final string quartet (Op. 80) and Schubert's Quintet with celebrated cellist Matt Haimovitz.
The Miró Quartet is named for the Spanish artist Joan Miró, whose surrealist works — with subject matter drawn from the realm of memory and imaginative fantasy — are some of the most original of the 20th century.