Miró Quartet

the Miro Quartet pose with their instruments
Faculty String Quartet in Residence

About the Quartet

The Miró Quartet has served as the quartet in residence at the Butler School of Music since 2003.

The quartet is one of America’s most celebrated string quartets, having performed throughout the world on the most prestigious concert stages. For twenty-five years the Miró has performed a wide range of repertoire that pays homage to the legacy of the string quartet while looking forward to the future of chamber music by commissioning new works and collaborating with some of today’s most important artists. 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. Committed to music education, members of the Quartet have given master classes at universities and conservatories throughout the world.

Formed in 1995, the Miró Quartet has been awarded first prize at several competitions including the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Naumburg Chamber Music Competition; and in 2005, became the first ensemble ever to be awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. The Miró is quartet-in-residence at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR and Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in Washington State. The Miró Quartet took its name and its inspiration from the Spanish artist Joan Miró, whose Surrealist works — with subject matter drawn from the realm of memory, dreams, and imaginative fantasy — are some of the most groundbreaking, influential, and admired of the 20th century.

In addition to teaching applied lessons and coaching chamber music, the Miró Quartet mentors the Young Professional String Quartet as part of an elite residency that includes private instruction, performance opportunities, and comprehensive guidance on career performance. 

 

Learn About the Young Professional String Quartet

 


 

Daniel Ching with his violin

Daniel Ching
violin 

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William with his violin

William Fedkenheuer
violin 

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John Largess with his viola

John Largess
viola

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Joshua Gindele with his cello

Joshua Gindele
cello

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Watch

Cavatina from String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 130-133
by Ludwig van Beethoven 
excerpt

Bates Recital Hall
Austin, TX

Upcoming Performances

abstract issue of electronic lights in motion
Event Status
Scheduled
February 4, 2023, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Edgar Varèse
Salvatore Sciarrino

Liza Lim
Veil

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Side-by-side portraits of Thomas Burritt, Ivan Trevino, and Richard Huntley
Event Status
Scheduled
February 5, 2023, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Thomas Burritt
Ivan Trevino
Richard Huntley

Pajarito (world premiere)  
Ivan Trevino  

Blackwell’s Island                    
Richard Huntley  

Holding Water 
Emma Logan

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A timpani performer on the Bates Recital Hall Stage
Event Status
Scheduled
February 7, 2023, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
The four members of Sandbox Percussion casually standing together and smiling.
Event Status
Scheduled
February 10, 2023, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Stanley Jordan plays an electric guitar in front of blue light.
Event Status
Scheduled
February 11, 2023, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Jazz guitar great and music therapy advocate Stanley Jordan will host “The Power of Music: A Night of Music and Conversation” on Feb. 11th at 7:30 p.m. at Bates Recital Hall on UT campus. The evening will honor Austin’s own Hope Young, an internationally renowned music therapist and inventor, for her 30-plus years of work in the field. Also appearing: Special Guest, Grammy-award winning artist Ray Benson, of Asleep at the Wheel. Ms. Young will be presented with a key to the city and the COA will declare Feb. 11th “Hope Young Day.” Jeff McCord, host of “What’s Next” on KUTX and long-time Austin radio personality, will serve as master of ceremonies. Tickets are $60.00 and are now on sale.

Patti Wolf and Andrew Brownell sit together on at a piano
Event Status
Scheduled
February 12, 2023, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

W.A. Mozart
Overture to Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492

 

Johannes Brahms 

Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56a
 

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a portrait of Donnie Ray Albert
Event Status
Rescheduled
February 12, 2023, 8:00 - 9:30 pm
This performance was moved from Feb 8 to Feb 12.
Donnie Ray Albert, baritone

Floyd
Pilgrimage

Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade, Op. 35

A group of Wind Symphony players holding instruments and laughing.
Event Status
Rescheduled
February 13, 2023, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
This performance was originally scheduled for Feb 6. It has been moved to Feb 13.
Drew Eary, guest conductor

Jennifer Higdon
Road Stories

Frank Ticheli
Symphony No. 2

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Smiling Members of symphony band in concert attire posing with instruments
Event Status
Scheduled
February 15, 2023, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Drew Dickey, guest conductor

Donald Grantham
Baron Cimitiére's Mambo

William Grant Still
From the Delta

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Missy Mazzoli stands in front of urban decay, the New York City skyline in the distant background
Event Status
Scheduled
February 15, 2023, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Missy Mazzoli, visiting composer
Ellen Sirower, piano

Mazzoli 
Ecstatic Science

Still Life with Avalanche

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