University Chamber Music schedules finale

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 1, 2005 – The season finale of University Chamber Music will be presented at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the Squires Recital Salon featuring a concert by members of the Miró String Quartet and pianist, Pei-Yao Wang. The program will include the Mozart E Flat Quartet, K. 493, the Walton Quartet in D Minor, and the Brahms G Minor Quartet, Op. 25.

The Miró Quartet is increasingly recognized as one of America’s brightest and most exciting young chamber groups. Since winning First Prize at the 1998 Banff International String Quartet Competition and the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 2000, the Miró Quartet has captivated audiences around the world, dazzling listeners with its youthful intensity and mature interpretations. Formed in the fall of 1995, the Quartet met with immediate success, winning the First Prize at the 50th annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition in April 1996, and the following month taking both the First and Grand prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. This year, the Miró Quartet received the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award.

The Quartet is currently Faculty String Quartet at The University of Texas at Austin. The members of the Miró Quartet – violinists Daniel Ching and Sandy Yamamoto, violist John Largess, and cellist Joshua Gindele – teach and coach chamber music there, while continuing their active international touring schedule. With the appointment of the Miró Quartet, the University of Texas at Austin joined an elite group of institutions whose faculties include a world-class string quartet.

The Quartet’s season includes engagements in New York, Montreal, Chicago, San Diego, Berkeley, Washington, and many other cities around North America. During the summer of 2005, the Miró Quartet will perform and teach at music festivals in Morelia, Mexico, Woodstock, N.Y., Santa Fe, N.M., Menlo Park, Calif., and Lake Tahoe, Utah, and give concerts in New York City and Princeton.

Members of the quartet will be performing with accomplished pianist Pei-Yao Wang. Wang made her official orchestral debut with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra at age 8 and has since performed as soloist with such orchestras as the Stamford Symphony, Orlando Symphony, and the Taipei Philharmonic. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, appearing at such venues as the Carnegie, Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, 92nd Street Y and Merkin Halls in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., as well as Salle des Varietes in Monte-Carlo, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.

As a chamber musician, Wang has collaborated with members of the Guarneri , Orion, Chicago and Mendelssohn quartets; and has performed with such distinguished artists as Claude Frank, David Shifrin, and Mitsuko Uchida. She is regularly invited to perform at festivals such as the Marlboro, Caramoor, Norfolk, La Jolla, Ravinia, as well as Bridgehampton in New York.