The Miró Quartet regularly commissions new works from some of the most important living composers, and regularly collaborates with some of the most exciting instrumentalists in the world. Below, learn more about the Miró Quartet’s wide ranging breadth of special performing and education activities.
Recent Commissioning Projects
Recent commissioning projects have included a Concerto for String Quartet and Chamber Orchestra by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Kevin Puts. Premiered in December of 2013 in Austin, TX, the work was a result of a co-commission by Texas Performing Arts, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, the Naples Philharmonic, and City Music Cleveland. A live recording with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra can be found here.
In March of 2014, the Miró Quartet was honored to premiere Gunther Schuller’s String Quartet No. 5. Gunther Schuller is one of the preeminent musicians of our generation, having led a multifaceted career as a composer, performer, educator and administrator.
Jon Kimura Parker Collaboration
Jon Kimura Parker is one of the Miró Quartet’s favorite pianists, and our collaborations have always been a thrill. We are pleased to announce a more robust collaboration that will include touring together throughout the season.
UT Austin/Butler School of Music - Young Professional String Quartet Program
In the Fall of 2009 the Miró Quartet established a new program for training young professional quartets at The Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. Every two years one promising young group will be chosen through international auditions to receive full scholarship, generous stipend and a two year residency as assistants to the Miró Quartet at the University of Texas at Austin. One of the only programs to offer a Masters or Artists Diploma in Chamber Music in the United States, the Young Professional String Quartet Program (YPSQP) will be accepting applications on an ongoing basis. For more information, please read more here.