Technical brilliance and musical sensitivity have become a trademark for the violin-viola ensemble Duo Renard. Critics have praised Mark and Ute Miller for the perfection of their ensemble playing, their professional musicianship, and their concert programming. The Koln-Bonner Musikkalender called their first CD recording of works by Fuchs, Kuhnl and Martinu “a treasure trove for lovers of intimate string sound.” Recipients of a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts “Rural Residencies” chamber music grant, Duo Renard was named “Artists in Residence” in the Department of Music at Texas A&M University – Commerce. In addition to presenting recitals throughout Texas, Duo Renard continues to perform in Germany.
Mark Miller grew up in northern California. He studied violin with Yuval Yaron, Roman Totenberg and Jurgen Kussmaul, and served as assistant concertmaster in the Robert Schumann Chamber Orchestra of Dusseldorf, Germany, before joining the Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn in 1990. He is concertmaster of the East Symphony and the North East Texas Symphony, and performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and Dallas Opera Orchestra. Mark Miller’s violin was built in 1995 by Alceste Bulfari.
Ute Miller is a native of Frankfurt-Main, Germany. She studied viola in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Boston, with teachers including Jurgen Kussmaul and Raphael Hillyer. She has played for the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and in 1988 was appointed assistant principal violist of the Gurzenich Orchestra-Cologne Philharmonic. She is principal violist of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and North East Texas Symphony, and a member of the Fort Worth Symphony. Ute Miller plays a viola made by Michael Ledfuß, 1984
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