Founded in 1995, the Miró Quartet takes its name from 20th-century Spanish artist, Joan Miró, known for his highly imaginative and original surrealist works.
After winning first prizes at several prestigious competitions, including the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition, the Miró became the first ensemble ever to be awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2005. Currently, the group serves as the quartet-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music.
The Miró Quartet presents Chamber Music Houston’s 2014-2015 season-opening concert this Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Stude Concert Hall at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
The program includes Gunther Schuller’s String Quartet No. 5 (Houston premiere); Haydn’s String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2, “Fifths”; and Schubert’s String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden.”
Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu spoke with the Miró’s cellist, Joshua Gindele, about the upcoming concert, as well as how the quartet spent the summer and what he loves about being an honorary Texan.