- Ken Smith, Gramophone, November 2011
Elliott Miles McKinley’s music has been performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Commissions include those from the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, the SOLI Chamber Music Ensemble, the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the Duquesne University Contemporary Ensemble, and the Martinů String Quartet. His orchestral works have been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Czech Radio Symphony, and his music featured on international festivals including the Alba International Music Festival in Italy, the BGSU Contemporary Music Festival, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, and the University of Minnesota SPARK Festival. McKinley is a recipient of a number of awards and fellowships including a BMI Student Composer Award, a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, grants from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, and the American Composers Forum. In 2009, McKinley was awarded a New Frontiers for the Arts and Humanities grant from Indiana University and has also received two Faculty Research Support Grants. In 2010-2011 McKinley served as composer-in-residence at InverHills College in Minnesota.
Martinů Quartet was founded in 1976 at the Prague Conservatory in the class of Prof.Viktor Moučka, a member of the Vlach Quartet. During the study at AMU (Academy of Music) under the leadership of Prof.Antonín Kohout, a member of the Smetana Quartet, they startet a successful activity under the name of Havlák Quartet and received many awards respectfully. Among them was the special prize of 1990 Czech Chamber Music Society as well the prize of Bohuslav Martinů with special emphasis of Martinů's chamber music. At the same time they gained a valuable experience from active workshops with renowned quartet ensembles (Tel Aviv Quartet, Amadeus Quartet, Guarneri Quartet, Julliard Quartet and others ). They participated in eight international competitions with the result of eight awards with seven laureate titles, the most notable being in Portsmouth (Great Britain), ARD (Munich), Evian (France) and Prague Spring. In 1985 the ensemble, with the approval of the Bohuslav Martinů Society , took the name of Martinů Quartet, while pledging to promote Martinů's chamber music.