Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall, Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall SUNYAB, Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm
All Brahms including the two string sextets
“Throughout, the Miró Quartet played with explosive vigor and technical finesse.” ‐New York Times
About the Miró Quartet
Daniel Ching, violin William Fedkenheuer, violin John Largess , viola Joshua Gindele, cello
The Miró Quartet, one of America's highest-profile chamber groups enjoys its place at the top of the international chamber music scene garnering praise from audiences and critics alike. The 2014-2015 season will bring the Miró Quartet back to Washington’s Kennedy Center, in addition to performances in Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles, Detroit, as well as a complete Beethoven Quartet Cycle in Buffalo, New York and Tokyo, Japan to name a few. A favorite of summer music festivals, the Quartet has appeared frequently at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo and Chamber Music Northwest. Formed in 1995, the Miró Quartet took first prizes at several national and international competitions including the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition. In 2005, the Miró Quartet became the first ensemble ever to be awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant. Deeply committed to music education, the Miró Quartet is currently the Faculty String Quartet-in-Residence at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.
About Martin Beaver
A prominent chamber musician, he was a founding member of two Canadian ensembles: the Toronto String Quartet and Triskelion. He has appeared with the Boston Chamber Music Society and Bargemusic, as well as at Ravinia, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and Reizend Muziekgezelschap in Amsterdam. As a soloist, Mr. Beaver has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Orchestra of Belgium and the Portuguese Radio Orchestra, among others. He was a top prize-winner at the international violin competitions in Indianapolis and Montreal, and won a silver medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. A former pupil of Victor Danchenko, Josef Gingold and Henryk Szeryng, he has served on the faculties of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the University of British Columbia and the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the John Hopkins University in Baltimore and has presented masterclasses in North America, Europe and Asia. He is currently on the faculty at the Steinhardt School at New York University. Mr. Beaver has recorded for the René Gailly, Naim Audio, Naxos, SM5000 and Musica Viva labels.
About Clive Greensmith
A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Musikhochschule in Cologne, his principal teachers were Donald McCall and Boris Pergamenschikow. He has held the position of principal cellist of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra of Rome. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as András Schiff, Midori, Claude Frank and Steven Isserlis, and has won several prizes including second place in the inaugural "Premio Stradivari" held in Cremona, Italy. Mr. Greensmith has served on the faculties of the Royal Northern College of Music, Yehudi Menuhin School and San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Greensmith's recording of Brahms Sonatas with Boris Berman was released on the Biddulph label.