Sunday, November 14, 2021 | 5:30 PM

Miró Quartet

The Sidney & Charlton Friedberg Concert;The David & Barbara Rodbell Kornblatt Commissioning Fund

Location: Shriver Hall

The New York Times called the Miró Quartet a group that plays with “explosive vigor and technical finesse,” and the Houston Chronicle praised its “refinement, drama, and adventure.” The exciting group returns the world premiere of a new work by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, along with Mozart’s buoyant “Hunt” Quartet and Beethoven’s tumultuous and radiant Op. 132.

“The conviction of the playing is as astonishing as its sheer technical finesse.” – Gramophone

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Miró Quartet

Daniel Ching, violin
William Fedkenheuer, violin
John Largess, viola
Joshua Gindele, cello

The Miró Quartet is one of America’s most celebrated string quartets, having performed throughout the world on the most prestigious concert stages. Based in Austin, TX, and thriving on the area’s storied music scene, the Miró takes pride in finding new ways to communicate with audiences of all backgrounds while cultivating the longstanding tradition of chamber music.

In its 2021-22 season, the Miró Quartet continues to explore a diverse way of performing concerts consisting of pre-recorded virtual concerts, live-streams, and in-person socially distanced concerts. They are regularly performing newly commissioned pieces along with works of Dvořák and Schubert. The Quartet will premiere Microfictions [Vol I] by Caroline Shaw, which was commissioned by Premiere Performances of Hong Kong, Carnegie Hall, La Jolla Music Society, Shriver Hall Concert Series, and Chamber Music Houston. 

The Miró celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019 by performing a wide range of repertoire that paid homage to the legacy of the string quartet and also looked to the future of chamber music and string quartet playing in the U.S. In honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the Quartet concluded its recording cycle of Beethoven’s complete string quartets, with a box set released on Pentatone and performed the composer’s complete string quartets at Chamber Music Northwest. The Miró has also continued its Archive Project, honoring the American string quartet tradition by recreating historic programs by the Flonzaley, Kneisel, and Kolisch Quartets, with performances at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and in other cities. The Miró also premiered a new work, written for them, by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts at Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Detroit, and Chamber Music Tulsa. 

Since 2003, the Miró has served as faculty string quartet-in-residence at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin. In 2005, the Quartet became the first ensemble ever to be awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. For more information, visit https://miroquartet.com/.

“A marvel of single-minded phrasing and airtight ensemble.” – The Washington Post

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

String Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458, "Hunt"

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Caroline Shaw (b. 1982)

Microfictions [Vol. I]

World Premiere, SHCS co-commission

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

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Program Subject to Change Without Notice