UT Austin's Miró Quartet finishes performance with a flourish

Miró Quartet Nominated for 2024 Grammy Award

  • Nov 17, 2023

The Miró Quartet has earned a nomination for Best Choral Performance at the upcoming 2024 Grammy Awards for their album "House of Belonging," created in collaboration with Austin-based choral group Conspirare. 

This is the first Grammy nomination for the Miró Quartet, who have served as the quartet in residence at the Butler School of Music since 2003. The group is considered one of America’s most celebrated string quartets.  

Miró Quartet's 2024 Grammy nomination category listing

Since its formation in 1995, the Miró Quartet has performed for audiences across the globe, presenting a wide range of repertoire that pays homage to the legacy of the string quartet as well as commissioning new works and collaborating with today’s most important artists.  

Members Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, John Largess and Joshua Gindele are also committed to music education, having taught master classes at universities and conservatories throughout the world. 

The album, conducted by Conspirare Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson, features numerous Butler School connections. Associate Professor of Practice in Violin Performance Sandy Yamamoto is featured, as well as several alumni, including Carla McElhaney (piano), Kathlene Ritch (soprano), Rick Gabrillo (bass), and Daniel Kopp (cello). Two of the works on the album were composed by Kevin Puts, a former member of the Butler School composition faculty.  

Gindele said the quartet is incredibly excited and grateful for their first Grammy nomination, and honored to have been part of the project. 

“This project allowed us to showcase the works of new composers commissioned specifically for this album,” Gindele said. “It is a testament to the power of collaboration and the vibrant creativity that emerges when artists come together to explore new musical horizons.” 

Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson reflected, “We are greatly honored by this nomination because it recognizes the talent of all of the artists and collaborators who invested in this recording. We are so grateful to each of them for creating music that has reached so many people in a time where music is needed more than ever to connect us.  It is truly inspiring to be included in this category with such extraordinary colleagues whom we respect and love.” 

Learn more about the nomination on the Butler School of Music site.