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John Largess


Violist John Largess began his studies in Boston at age 12 in the public schools, studying
with Michael Zaretsky of the Boston Symphony, and later as a student of Michael Tree at the
Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 1995, he graduated from Yale University to join
the Colorado String Quartet as interim violist with whom he toured the United States and
Canada teaching and concertizing. The following year he was appointed principal violist of
the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina, a position he held until joining the
Miró Quartet in 1997.

Also an active speaker and writer about all things chamber?musical, in 2004 Mr. Largess
was invited to give a week?long audience lecture series as a part of the Eighth International
String Quartet Competition at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada; he repeated
this series in 2007, and will do so again in 2010.

With his training in Greek and Latin Literature and his Bachelor's degree in Archeology
from Yale University, as well as studies at the Hebrew University in Israel, he has
participated in excavations in Greece, Israel, and Jordan. John loves to cook gourmet cuisine,
particularly French pastry and fine desserts; luckily, he also enjoys exercising. John is a
trained yoga instructor, having studied Vinyasa Power Yoga with Baron Baptiste. He also
practices Kundalini, Bikram, and Astanga styles, and teaches yoga at 24 Hour Fitness and
the Bodhi Yoga studio in Austin, Texas where he lives. When not standing on his head, he
enjoys making his Tibetan Singing Bowl sing.

John serves as Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of String Chamber Music at the University of
Texas at Austin School of Music.
John Largess