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.
Cavatina from String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 130-133
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Bates Recital Hall
Lara Downes, piano
La création du monde
+ works by Billy Childs, Margaret Bonds, Harry Thacker Burleigh, and Clarice Assad