The MIAMI STRING QUARTET has established its place among the most widely respected quartets in America. For over twenty years, their diversity in programming, poise in performance, keen sense of ensemble and impeccable musicality has made the Miami String Quartet one of the most sought after quartets in chamber music today. Highlights of recent seasons include performances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and internationally in Bern, Cologne, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Istanbul, Lausanne, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Paris. For many years, the Quartet has served as resident ensemble at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival in Ohio, and has appeared at Chamber Music Northwest, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, the Brevard Festival, Rutgers Summerfest, Music from Angel Fire, Virginia Arts Festival – where it has been the resident ensemble – and at the festivals of La Jolla, Santa Fe, and Pensacola. “Everything one wants in a quartet: a rich, precisely balanced sound, a broad coloristic palette, real unity of interpretive purpose and seemingly unflagging energy” -THE NEW YORK TIMES
The MIRÓ QUARTET is one of America’s most celebrated string quartets, having performed throughout the world on the most prestigious concert stages. For twenty-five years, the Miró has performed a wide range of repertoire that pays homage to the legacy of the string quartet while looking forward to the future of chamber music by commissioning new works and collaborating with some of today’s most important artists. Based in Austin, TX, and thriving on the area’s storied music scene, the Miró takes pride in finding new ways to communicate with audiences of all backgrounds. Formed in 1995, the Miró Quartet has been awarded first prize at several competitions including the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Naumburg Chamber Music Competition; and in 2005, became the first ensemble ever to be awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. The Miró is quartet-in-residence at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR and Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in Washington State. The Miró Quartet took its name and its inspiration from the Spanish artist Joan Miró, whose Surrealist works — with subject matter drawn from the realm of memory, dreams, and imaginative fantasy — are some of the most groundbreaking, influential, and admired of the 20th century.
STEPHANIE CHASE, violin, is internationally recognized as “one of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse Newspapers) through solo appearances with over 170 orchestras that include the New York and Hong Kong Philharmonics and the Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and London Symphony Orchestras. Born in Illinois, Stephanie Chase’s early violin teachers were her mother and Sally Thomas, and she was renowned as a child prodigy through concert performances starting at age two. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at eight and began extensive national concert touring while in her early teens. Ms. Chase often performs in the dual roles of violin soloist and conductor, and she is a favorite guest of chamber music festivals such as Bravo! Vail, Bargemusic, and Caramoor. Her violin was made in 1742 by Petrus Guarnerius of Venice, which she pairs with a bow made by Dominique Peccatte.
DOV SCHEINDLIN, viola, is a member and Artistic Director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and an Associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has been violist of the Arditti, Penderecki and Chester String Quartets. He has performed in 28 countries around the globe, and won the Siemens Prize in 1999. He has appeared as soloist with the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam and has recorded extensively for EMI, Teldec, and others. He won the Gramophone Award in 2002 for the Arditti Quartet’s recording of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows. He has premiered chamber music by Britten, Carter, Kurtág, Adès and others. He has performed at festivals such as Salzburg, Luzern, and Tanglewood with members of the Juilliard, Alban Berg, Tokyo, and Borodin String Quartets. Dov Scheindlin lives in New York and plays a viola by Francesco Bissolotti of Cremona, made in 1975.
MARK SHUMAN, cello, has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in concert halls throughout the world. For many years a member of the Composers String Quartet, he is also a founder of the period instrument group The Aulos Ensemble. He has worked with a broad spectrum of artists ranging from Elliott Carter and Raymond Lepard to Streisand and Lenny Kravitz. In his efforts to expand the cello repertoire, Mr. Shuman has sought out contemporary and previously neglected works and has recorded the cello music of the Spanish composer and virtuoso Gaspar Casado. A native New Yorker, Mr. Shuman is a graduate of The Juilliard School. He studied cello with Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro, and chamber music with Artur Balsam, Emanuel Bay, Joseph Fuchs, Felix Galimir and Sascha Jacobsen. He is currently a member of the New York City Opera Orchestra and on the faculty of Columbia University.
The PARKER QUARTET, founded in 2002, has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation, dedicated purely to the sound and depth of their music and are renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors. Following a 2019 summer season that had the ensemble crossing North America for appearances at music festivals from Banff to Bard, the Parker Quartet began its sixth year as faculty members of Harvard University’s Department of Music in the group’s role as Blodgett Artists-in-Residence. Recent seasons included performances and residencies around the United States and Europe, including at the University of Iowa, the University of Chicago, the Wigmore Hall, the University of South Carolina, the Schubert Club, Skidmore College, and Kansas City’s Friends of Chamber Music. The Parker Quartet’s members hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School, and the Quartet was part of the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program from 2006–2008. Some of their most influential mentors include the original members of the Cleveland Quartet as well as Kim Kashkashian, György Kurtág, and Rainer Schmidt.
Each visionary performance of the award-winning BORROMEO STRING QUARTET strengthens and deepens its reputation as one of the most important ensembles of our time. Admired and sought after for both its fresh interpretations of the classical music canon and its championing of works by 20th and 21st century composers, the ensemble has been hailed for its “edge-of-the- seat performances,” by the Boston Globe, which called it “simply the best.” inspiring audiences for more than 25 years, the Borromeo continues to be a pioneer in its use of technology, and has the trailblazing distinction of being the first string quartet to utilize laptop computers on the concert stage. Reading music this way helps push artistic boundaries, allowing the artists to perform solely from 4-part scores and composers’ manuscripts, a revealing and metamorphic experience which these dedicated musicians now teach to students around the world. The Borromeo Quartet has received numerous awards throughout its illustrious career, including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant and Martin E. Segal Award, and Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award. It was also a recipient of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a prize-winner at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France.