BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — The Miró Quartet, a dynamic chamber ensemble, will perform four concerts during the OK Mozart Festival set for June 8-16 in Bartlesville, Okla.
The group composed of Daniel Ching, violin; William Fedkenheuer, violin; John Largess, viola; and Joshua Gindele, cello; will perform June 12-15 at Ambler Hall. The Monday and Thursday performances are at 7:30 p.m., while the Tuesday and Wednesday concerts start at 4 p.m.
The Quartet has garnered praise from reviewers and audiences throughout the country. “Throughout, the Miró Quartet played with explosive vigor and technical finesse,” stated the New York Times. The Denver Post elaborated, “The quartet has the singular skill of becoming the music without imposing themselves on the composer’s muse. No passing sensation, the Miro Quartet is surely among the most promising chamber ensembles around.”
Ching, a founding member of the quartet, began his violin studies at the age of 3. At only 5 years old, he entered the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division on a full 12-year scholarship. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he is on the faculty at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches private violin students and coaches chamber music. He maintains an active international touring schedule as a member of the Miró Quartet.
Fedkenheuer is the winner of the Lincoln Center Martin E. Segal Award and has distinguished himself as a versatile artist with international performances as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. He has performed at Carnegie Hall Presents, San Francisco Performances, the National Gallery and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Abroad, he has performed at the American Academy in Rome, Fountainbleu, Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, and more. He was on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and on the teaching faculty of the Caine College of Arts at Utah State University.
Cellist Gindele, a founding member of the Miró Quartet, began his studies at the age of 3. He has won numerous international awards including an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Cleveland Quartet Award. He has shared the stage with such famous artists as Pinchas Zuckerman, Joshua Bell, and yes, the Oak Ridge Boys. He continues to perform across four continents and on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages. He serves as senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches a select number of private cello students and coaches chamber music.
Largess, a Yale graduate, toured the United States and Canada as interim violist with the Colorado String Quartet. He was appointed principal violist of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina, a position he held until joining Miró in 1997. Also an active speaker and writer about all things chamber-musical, Largess has given a lecture series as part of the Eighth International String Quartet Competition at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. He repeated the series in 2007 and 2010. Currently, he serves as Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of String Chamber Music at the University of Texas at Austin School of Music.
Tickets for the concerts are $55 and may be obtained by calling the Bartlesville Community Center box office at 918-336-2787 or online at bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com. Festival headliners include Michael Martin Murphey with the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra, Wilson Phillips, Chris Mann with the BSO, the Tulsa Symphony, Brightmusic’s Trio Solari, the Burchfield Brothers and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra. The 33rd annual festival also includes Showcase Events that feature additional musical groups, educational programs and children’s activities.
For information, visit www.okmozart.com. The OK Mozart Festival is a member of Green Country Marketing Association, one of 11 multicounty organizations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Oklahoma Travel Industry Assn., and others to promote state tourism, an $8.9 billion industry.