Violist John Largess began his studies at age 12, studying with Michael Zaretsky of the Boston Symphony and later with Michael Tree at The Curtis Institute of Music. In 1995 he graduated from Yale University and joined the Colorado String Quartet as interim violist, touring the United States and Canada, teaching, and concertizing. The following year he was appointed principal violist of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, a position he held until joining the Miró String Quartet in 1997. With his bachelor's degree in classical archeology from Yale College and studies at the Hebrew University in Israel, he has participated in excavations in Greece, Israel, and Jordan. Mr. Largess enjoys cooking, particularly French pastry and fine desserts. He is a senior lecturer and chair of chamber music at the University of Texas at Austin.