CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
Part of: Quartets Plus
·· Daniel Ching, Violin
·· William Fedkenheuer, Violin
·· John Largess, Viola
·· Joshua Gindele, Cello
Stephanie Ho, Piano
MOZART String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458, "Hunt"
GLIÈRE Andante con variazione from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 2
FRANCK Scherzo in D Major from String Quartet
SERVAIS "Fantasie sur deux Airs Russes," Op. 13
SCHUBERT String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden"
BEETHOVEN Cavatina from String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130
In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.
The Miró Quartet is one of America’s most celebrated and passionate string quartets. For the past 25 years, the quartet has performed around the world on the most prestigious concert stages, earning fervent accolades from critics and audiences alike. Based in Austin, Texas, and thriving on the area’s storied music scene, the quartet takes pride in finding new ways to communicate with audiences of all backgrounds while cultivating the longstanding tradition of chamber music.
This fall, the Miró Quartet releases its highly anticipated box set of the complete Beethoven string quartets for Pentatone as a joint celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday and the quartet’s 25th anniversary. Extensive international tours will follow, including complete Beethoven cycles in Seattle, Portland, Austin, and Orcas Island, as well as Beethoven-themed programs in Toronto, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, and Washington, DC. Other engagements include residencies for the Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary with Gabriel Kahane and Jon Kimura Parker; The University of Iowa with Kiera Duffy; Pro Musica in Joplin, Missouri; Chamber Music Northwest; and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. The Miró Quartet also opens the Chamber Music Society of Detroit’s season with clarinetist Anthony McGill and returns to the Ensemble Music Society in Indianapolis. The quartet was honored to be asked by the Library of Congress to play the institution’s celebrated set of matched Stradivari instruments.
Other recent highlights include a sold-out return to Carnegie Hall to perform Beethoven’s Op. 59 String Quartets; a performance of the complete Beethoven cycle in just nine days for Chamber Music Tulsa; the world premiere of a new concerto for string quartet and orchestra by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts; an appearance with the New York Philharmonic and Mr. Kahane; and debuts at the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, as well as in Korea and Singapore.
A favorite of summer chamber music festivals, the Miró Quartet performed recently at Caramoor, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, OK Mozart, and Music@Menlo. The quartet collaborates with pianists Jon Kimura Parker, Jeffrey Kahane, and Wu Han; percussionist Colin Currie; cellist Clive Greensmith; violinist Martin Beaver; and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke.
Ms. Ho is the co-creator of the Makrokosmos Project, a contemporary music festival in Portland that features thoughtful, curated concerts in hip, unusual urban settings. The festival recently featured the complete piano music of Toru Takemitsu, as well as music by John Luther Adams, Julia Wolfe, and George Crumb. Ms. Ho also serves on the music faculty at Kean University and the Kaufman Music Center. She pursued a double degree at Oberlin College, where she majored in religion and piano performance, and received a graduate performance diploma at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.