June 02, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio - The award-winning Mir' String Quartet will perform at Mount Union College Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall in the Cope Music building.

The Mir' String Quartet was founded at Oberlin Conservatory in the fall of 1995 by four musicians determined to pursue their love of chamber music as a professional string quartet. Named after Spanish artist Joan Mir', whose surrealist works are some of the most original of the twentieth century, the group was met with immediate success.

After winning first prize at the 50th annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition in April 1996, the group went on to take both the first and grand prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Since then, the quartet has achieved many other accomplishments, including winning first prize at the 1998 Banff International String Quartet Competition and most recently receiving the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award for 2000.

Performing numerous concerts across Europe and North America, the Mir' String Quartet has appeared at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, where the group was recently named to the Distinguished Debut Series of Carnegie Hall for 2001-2002, Alice Trully Hall and Merkin Recital Hall in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, along with many other prestigious venues worldwide.

They have also assumed residencies and made appearances at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where they had the opportunity of working with members of the Cavani and Cleveland Quartets, and the Juilliard School, where they served as teaching assistants to the Juilliard String Quartet, in addition to performing at the Oberlin Conservatory and MIT, as well as such festivals as Aspen, Norfolk and La Jolla.

During the 2000-2001 season, the group is serving as the Quartet-in-Residence at Caramoor and from 2001, will be the Quartet-in-Residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two.

The quartet's commitment to contemporary music and their focus on ethnically influenced music has led to recent commissions by Native American, Brent Michael Davids, Chinese/Canadian, Chan Ka Nin, and American, David Schober, whose music will be featured in the upcoming concert.

Dedicated to the teaching of young artists and amateur musicians and to the education of young audiences, the group will hold a master class for Mount Union students the afternoon of the concert at 3 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall.

The Mir' String Quartet performance is free and open to the public. For more information on the concert, contact the college's music department at 823-2180 or visit for additional information on the performers.

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