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Miró Quartet, Chamber Music Master Class


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Performed from Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall



The renowned Miró Quartet returns to SFCM, virtually, to work with our student string quartets in an online masterclass. The Quartet will also present a performance of Kevin Puts' "Home," including an introduction by the composer.


Kevin Puts (b. 1972)
"Home" for String Quartet
Miró Quartet
Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violins
John Largess, viola
Joshua Gindele, cello

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso"
     III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso
     IV. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato
Calix String Quartet
Dominique Bégin and Kexin Ye, violins
Chuxuejie Zhang, viola
Matthew Park, cello

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92 "Kabardianian"
     I. Allegro sostenuto
Cuna Kim and Archie Brown, violins
Athalie Vaval, viola
Daniela Gonzalez Siu, cello

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)
String Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters"   
     II. Adagio
     III. Moderato
Kexin Ye and Idunn Lohne, violins
Alexandra Simpson, viola
Matthew Park, cello

Meet The Miró Quartet!

The Miró 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; and since 2003, has served as quartet-in-residence at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin.

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.

About SFCM’s String and Piano Chamber Music Department

SFCM’s chamber music ensemble experience strongly emphasizes studying, hearing, and performing the wide variety of works in chamber music literature. Performances are given in both informal and formal workshops, and in numerous public concerts at the Conservatory each semester.

Faculty chamber music concerts held throughout the year include advanced students in mixed ensembles. Guest artists are often invited to rehearse and perform with chamber music students and faculty, and to conduct chamber music master classes. Recent visitors have included violinists Robert Mann and Joel Krosnick of the Juilliard String Quartet, Leon Fleisher, Garrick Ohlsson, Menahem Pressler, Sharon Robinson, Timothy Eddy, Jeffrey Kahane, Peter Oundjian, Kim Kashkashian, and Donald and Vivian Weilerstein.

Also a dedicated track of study, our degree programs in chamber music are two of the most elite majors we offer. With a department size never exceeding 10 (one quartet and up to six individuals), students get unrivaled access to faculty and visiting artists. As a student within the chamber music department, you’ll be connected with performance opportunities throughout the Bay Area—and with the networking opportunities that come with them.

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