Miami String QuartetMore Info
Ivan Chan, Violin
Cathy Meng Robinson, Violin
Yu Jin, Viola
Keith Robinson, Cello
For more than 20 years, the Miami String Quartet has been celebrated for its diversity in
programming, poise in performance, keen sense of ensemble, and impeccable musicality. The
quartet has served as quartet-in-residence at The Hartt School, Kent State University,
Florida International University, as well as resident ensemble of the Chamber Music Society
of Lincoln Center's CMS Two.
The Miami String Quartet has appeared extensively throughout the United States and Europe;
the quartet recently toured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Miami
Quartet has also performed works with the American Sinfonietta, New World Symphony, and
Miami Chamber Symphony. Other recent collaborations include performances with the
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and with soprano Arianna Zukerman.
The Miami String Quartet is in demand at many of the country's great music festivals. For
the last several years, the quartet has served as resident ensemble at the Kent/Blossom
Music Festival, and has appeared at Chamber Music Northwest, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia,
Brevard, Rutgers Summerfest, Music from Angel Fire, and Virginia Arts Festival, where it is
the resident ensemble.
The ensemble's interest in new music has led to many commissions and premieres. In 2008,
the group teamed up with Imani Winds to premiere Roberto Sierra's Concierto da
Camera, a chamber concerto for wind quintet and string quartet commissioned by Chamber
Music Northwest, Stanford University, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. The same
year, the ensemble premiered Joan Tower's Quartet No. 4, "Angels," commissioned by Music
from Angel Fire, and also Ricky Ian Gordon's Green Sneakers for baritone and
string quartet, commissioned by Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado. Other recent
commissions include new works by Annie Gosfield, Bruce Adolphe, and Stephen Jaffe.
The Miami String Quartet's first recording of the first two quartets of Alberto Ginastera
was released in 1994. Its second CD was released in the fall of 1997 on BMG Conifer.
Garnering acclaim from audiences and critics alike, violinist Benny Kim has performed in
nearly 20 countries on five continents. In recent seasons, Mr. Kim has performed with the
symphony orchestras of Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Utah,
Denver, San Diego, and Phoenix. He regularly performs at the Aspen, Bravo! Vail Valley,
Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, and SummerFest (La Jolla) music festivals.
Mr. Kim has appeared with conductors Keith Lockhart, Marin Alsop, Robert Bernhardt,
Enrique Diemecke, Raymond Harvey, Alasdair Neale, Eiji Oue, and Christopher Wilkins. As a
chamber musician, he has collaborated with many renowned artists, including Pinchas
Zukerman, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Lynn Harrell, and Gary Graffman. He appears on two
recordings with Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg for the EMI label-Bella Italia and
Night and Day. He can also be heard on recordings for the Koch International and
Centaur Records labels.
As an avid proponent of bringing the arts to the people, Mr. Kim gives school concerts,
lecture-demonstrations, and "informances" to students at all levels, senior citizens, and
various other groups. His mission is to reach as many people as possible who would not
otherwise have the opportunity to be touched by music.
Benny Kim is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay. He
is currently Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Missouri and the Kansas
City Conservatory of Music. Mr. Kim plays a Stradivarius violin, dated 1732.