The Miró Quartet has announced the appointment of William Fedkenheuer as the quartet's second violinist. He replaces violinist Sandy Yamamoto, who retired from the quartet after a remarkable 15-year tenure to spend more time with her young children. This fall, Fedkenheuer joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, where the Miró Quartet has been in residence since 2003.
"I'm thrilled to join the Miró Quartet and the level of excellence they represent in each aspect of their career," said Fedkenheuer. "To be performing and teaching at the highest levels in North America and around the world is a terrific opportunity, and I look forward to the challenge of continuing to push and grow the quartet to further success."
An experienced chamber musician and winner of the Lincoln Center Martin E. Segal Award, Fedkenheuer has served as the first violinist for the Fry Street Quartet since 2006. He made his solo violin debut with the Calgary Philharmonic in 1994, received a Bachelor of Music from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music under the tutelage of Kathleen Winkler, and continued his graduate studies with Miriam Fried at Indiana University. From 2000 to 2006, Fedkenheuer was a member of the award-winning Borromeo Quartet, the faculty string quartet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.