MirĂ³ Quartet to Perform/Lead Master Classes for FCAHS Students

The internationally-known Miró Quartet will visit Fox Chapel Area High School March 14, 2016. The quartet, based in Austin, Texas, will perform two concerts for the students and hear performances from three Fox Chapel Area High School string quartets, as well as a performance from the school’s ambassador orchestra. Following each Fox Chapel Area High School student performances, the members of the Miró Quartet will lead a master class. The classes will be followed by question and answer sessions.

According to Fox Chapel Area High School Orchestra Teacher Mairi Cooper, rarely does such a well-known quartet reach out to recognize a public school music program. “Having the Miró Quartet actually come to our school and honor our entire program is phenomenal and highly unusual. The schedule allows our students to hear a professional string quartet perform, learn from them as teachers, and ask any questions that come to mind,” Cooper said. “The Miró’s visit to Fox Chapel Area School District is an extraordinary gift.”

Cooper and the Fox Chapel Area High School Orchestra members are receiving the visit as the result of being named the winners of Miró’s Transcendence Education Project. The Miró Quartet sponsored the contest as part of their 20th anniversary season and the free release of their Transcendence album last fall. At that time, the high school orchestra students submitted a video and talked about Cooper, who they said demonstrated “musical transcendence” by winning the 2015 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Award. In honor of her, her students decided to pay it forward by entering into the Miró Quartet’s contest on her behalf.

At the time of the award, Joshua Gindele, founding member of the Miró Quartet remarked, “This educator really inspired all four of us – having transcended the limitations of what people think is possible within the public school system, and allowing students to transcend themselves. We cannot wait to meet her and her students in person.”

The Miró Quartet will perform for Fox Chapel Area High School orchestra students March 14 from 9-9:30 a.m., followed by a performance of Fox Chapel Area High School students and a master class from 9:30-10 a.m. A question and answer session will follow. Another student performance, master class, and questions and answer session will be held from 10:45-11:15 a.m.

The public is invited to the afternoon performances and master classes from 12 noon-2 p.m. The Miró Quartet will play from 12 noon-12:30 p.m., followed by two Fox Chapel Area High School student music performances, two master classes, and question and answer sessions.


Established, innovative, and cutting-edge, the Miró Quartet breaks the traditional chamber music mold and makes classical music lovers everywhere stop and take notice. Based in Austin, Texas, the quartet formed in 1995 and has served as the quartet-in-residence of the University of Texas at Austin Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music since 2003. Comprised of Daniel Ching (violinist), William Fedkenheuer (violinist), John Largess (violist), and Joshua Gindele (cellist), the Miró Quartet performs its deeply musical interpretations on important chamber music series and prestigious concert stages around the world each year. In the 2015-2016 season, the quartet is taking its musical destiny to another level with the release of their Transcendence transmedia project, poised to bring classical music to the masses using a variety of modern methods more common in other music genres.