Recognized as one of the best in the country, Miami String Quartet has toured extensively throughout Europe and all across the United States, and this summer we are happy to announce that they will be joining us in our Off the Hook Music Festival! Currently residing at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, a part of Kent State University, this tight-knit group of four are well known and highly respected throughout the chamber music world and have been known to play in some of the country’s greatest summer music festivals. Joining us from June 15th through the 21st, we are honored to announce that they will be residing in Fort Collins, Colorado as a major highlight of our five day event.
Co-founded in 1988 by Keith Robinson, cellist, and Cathy Meng Robinson, one of the group’s violinists, the pair is joined by Benny Kim, first violinist, and Scott Lee, violist. All extremely talented musicians, each member has been individually recognized and awarded throughout the chamber music scene, so it is no surprise that the quartet as a whole has its own impressive list of awards and achievements. The first quartet in a decade to win First Prize at the Concert Artist Guild Competition in 1992, the group has also won awards at the London and Evian quartet competitions, was part of the Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two in 1999-2001, and was the 1989 Grand Prize winner of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Known for their interest in new music and their ability to perform so unified and cohesively, the New York Times claims they are “Everything one wants in a quartet: a rich, precisely balanced sound, a broad coloristic palette, real unity of interpretive purpose and seemingly unflagging energy”.
Known for their world premiere performance of “Whispers of Mortality”, the Miami String quartet is more than familiar with its composer, Bruce Adolphe. Commissioned for the Miami String Quartet by the Concert Artists Guild, we feature this standard element of Miami’s repertoire in our Whispers and Wines house concert, on June 16. Always an integral part of our festival, Bruce’s music is featured from the very first night as OFF the HOOK kicks off two weeks of festivities celebrating light, film, music and art, with a new film premiere, Einstein’s Light, with original music score. Pairing up numerous times in our first week Bruce, MSQ , our stellar Colorado musicians, including our favorites Deborah Marshall and Margaret Gutierrez, exhibit their sounds in our Music of Light juried Art Show, and much more! Something for everyone to enjoy! So SAVE THE DATE and be sure to join us, June 15-20th for this truly incredible and “OFF the HOOK” chamber music festival!