Mr. Reynolds has been the cellist of the world-renowned Muir String Quartet since its inception in 1979. As a member of the Muir Quartet and as soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Reynolds has performed nearly 2,000 concerts throughout North America, Europe and the Far East, and he has performed with such diverse artists as Leon Fleisher, Menachem Pressler, Gil Shaham, Richard Stoltzman, Phyllis Curtin and Benny Goodman. Accolades he has won with the Muir Quartet include first prize at the Evian Competition, the 1981 Naumberg Award, two Grand Prix du Disques, the Gramophone Award, a Grammy nomination and a Grammy on the EcoClassics label he founded, and an internationally acclaimed PBS broadcast, “In Performance at The White House” for President and Mrs. Reagan. A native of Montana, he received his professional training at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was a student of David Soyer and Martita Casals, continuing with Karen Tuttle and George Neikrug and studies at Yale University. Mr. Reynolds has appeared with orchestras and in recital throughout the U. S., and his recording of the complete Bach Suites for Solo Cello on the EcoClassics label has received much critical acclaim. Recent recordings include the Muir Quartet performing Berg Op. 3, Kreisler Quartet and Schulhoff 5 Pieces on the KidsClassics label, and the Beethoven Clarinet Trio (after the Septet) and Zemlinsky Trio with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and pianist Judith Stillman on KidsClassics. Upcoming recordings include the Weber Clarinet Quintet and works from the Klezmer Tradition with clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein and the Muir Quartet. Profits from these recordings support Classics for Kids Foundation’s grant programs.
Mr. Reynolds has taught at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts since 1983. His students continue to develop successful careers in music, including members of the Boston Symphony and other orchestras, teachers at universities and other institutions internationally, four Boston Symphony Competition and numerous other competition winners. He is co-founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Classics for Kids Foundation (www.classicsforkids.org), which has given matching grants for excellent student instruments to hundreds of string programs serving disadvantaged children around America. He is Artistic Director of Fall Foliage Chamber Music weekend, ArtsLIVE! (www.artsliveva.org) in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the Montana Chamber Music Society (www.montanachambermusicsociety.org), the first statewide chamber music society in America. Mr. Reynolds has served on the faculties of New England Conservatory, Rutgers University, the University of Utah, and UC Santa Cruz. He received an honorary doctorate from Rhode Island College in 1995. In his spare time he is an avid flyfisherman and outdoorsman.
Violinist Bayla Keyes, lauded as “a musician of expressive generosity and technical élan” by Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer, was a founder and long-time member of the Muir String Quartet, with whom she won the Evian and Naumburg as well as two Grand Prix du Disques. She is an Associate Professor of Violin at Boston University, the founder of its String Quartet Institute at Tanglewood, and the former director of the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Conference. She currently teaches at ARIA International Academy and Kneisel Hall during the summers. Ms. Keyes has recorded for Ecoclassics, CRI, Musical Heritage, EMI-France, Koch, Bridge, and New World Records. She holds degrees from Curtis Institute and the Yale School of Music, served as a board member of Chamber Music America from 2003-2009, and has adjudicated at the Singapore, Stulberg, and Fischoff International Competitions.
Peter Zazofsky, violinist, has performed in twenty-three countries on five continents. He has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony, (at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood), the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony, which featured him on tour in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He has toured the U.S., as guest soloist of the Danish Radio Orchestra; Germany, with the Bamburg Symphony; and Israel, with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Further appearances, with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, and the orchestras of Baltimore, Minnesota, Brussels, Warsaw, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Seoul (KBS), Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal brought acclaim for his distinctive interpretations of classical, romantic and early twentieth century concerti. Two such live performances, the Dvorak Concerto with Klaus Tennstedt and the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Bartok 2nd Concerto with Georges Octors and the Brussels National Orchestra, have been released on the Testament and Deutsche Gramophone labels.
Born and raised in Boston, Peter Zazofsky studied violin with Joseph Silverstein before attending the Juilliard Pre-College under Dorothy Delay and Ivan Galamian. He then studied at the Curtis Institute, with Galamian, Jaime Laredo and Arnold Steinhardt, and the Marlboro Music Festival, under Rudolf Serkin, Felix Galimir and Sandor Vegh. In 1979, he won the Grand Prize of the Montreal International Competition, then the Second Prize of the 1980 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. He also received the 1985 Avery Fisher Career Grant.
In addition to standard repertoire, Peter Zazofsky is an advocate for late 20th and early 21st Century compositions. He has premiered works written for him by composers in Holland, Belgium and Denmark, and recorded American concertos for the MMC label. Another premiere, Joan Guinjoan’s Concerto with the Liege Orchestra in Madrid, is now available on the Columna Musica label.
Peter Zazofsky is Professor of Violin and Coordinator of String Chamber Music at the Boston University School of Music. He also serves as Director of the String Quartet Workshop at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Violist Maria Lambros has performed as a member of three of the country’s finest string quartets in venues such as the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress. She was a member of the renowned Ridge String Quartet, which was nominated for the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance for their recording of the Dvorak Piano Quintets with pianist Rudolf Firkusny. The recording won Europe’s prestigious Diapason d’Or in the same year. She was also a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Meliora String Quartet, which was Quartet-in-Residence at the Spoleto Festivals of the U.S., Italy, and Australia, and which recorded Mendelssohn’s Octet with the Cleveland Quartet. She was most recently a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and is currently the violist with the New York based chamber ensemble, La Fenice.
Ms. Lambros appears regularly at a number of major chamber music festivals, including Yellow Barn, Aspen, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, La Jolla, Caramoor, Norfolk, Skaneateles, Chamber Music West and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival. A sought after collaborator, she has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Peabody Trio and the Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Muir, Brentano, Borromeo, Colorado and Orion Quartets, among others, and has performed with many distinguished artists including Leon Fleisher, Jan De Gaetani, Walter Trampler, Paula Robison, Pamela Frank, Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis. She performs on period instruments with Context of Houston and has had many new works written especially for her, including a Viola Concerto, three Viola Sonatas and numerous pieces for viola in combination with other instruments.
Ms. Lambros attended the Eastman School of Music and earned a Master’s Degree in Humanities from New York University. A native of Missoula, Montana, she was named one of “Montana’s Leading Artists and Entertainers of the 20th Century,” a millennial list highlighting the last 100 years of Montanans’ exceptional contributions to art and culture. She is on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Yellow Barn Music School.
Michele Levin, pianist and composer, is a graduate of Philadelphia’s famed Curtis Institute of Music as a double major in piano and composition, she began her studies there at the age of 11, and is the first woman ever to receive their Master’s Degree in Composition. The Johann Sebastian Bach International Piano Competition in Washington, D. C., awarded her First Prize. Ms. Levin has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Florida Philharmonic, the Miami Chamber Symphony, the Sinfonia Virtuosi, the New World Symphony, the Albany Symphony, and the Virginia Symphony. She has also given solo and chamber music recitals in major cities throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Central and South America. She has toured with violinists Peter Zazofsky, Joseph Silverstein, Ruggiero Ricci, Nina Beilina, Daniel Phillips, Mark Kaplan, Donald Weilerstein, Sydney Harth, Ik-Hwan Bae, Ida Levin, Maria Bachman, Arve Tellefson, Andrew Dawes, Lin Chang, and Yehonaton Berick; with violists Rivka Golani, Paul Neubauer, Atar Arad, Kirsten Johnson, Rainer Moog, and Jessie Levine; and with cellists Yehuda Hanani, Simca Heled, Ronald Thomas, and Wolfgang Boettcher. She has also performed with clarinetists Alexander Fiterstein, Mitchell Lurie, Eli Eban, and Charles Neidich; harpist Heidi Lehwalder; and flutists Thomas Wolf, Carol Wincenc, and Eugenia Zuckerman.
Ms. Levin tours regularly with the Muir String Quartet and plays as guest artist with the Miami String Quartet. In 2007, the Muir Quartet gave the World Premier of Levin’s String Quartet No. 1, which was dedicated to them. Her repertoire also extends to vocal literature, having given recitals with Metropolitan Opera vocalists Gwendolyn Bradley, Marvis Martin, Martina Arroyo, D’Anna Fortunato, Carol Farley, Lucy Shelton, and William Sharp. Ms. Levin records for Koch International, Eco-Classics, Altarus and the Canadian Broadcasting Companies. The National Public Radio regularly broadcasts her live performances at chamber music festivals throughout the United States.