Cello Master Class with Michael Reynolds

RSC Conservatory News, Master Classes

Sunday, February 11, 2024
10:00 a.m.

Bradley Hall, Rivera Recital Hall

On Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 10:00 a.m., founding cellist of the world-renowned Muir String Quartet and professor of cello at Boston University Michael Reynolds will be giving a cello master class in Bradley Hall, Rivera Recital Hall.

Mr. Reynolds has performed over 2,000 concerts worldwide and has performed with artists including Leon Fleisher, Menachem Pressler, Gil Shaham, Richard Stoltzman, Phyllis Curtin, and Benny Goodman. With the Muir Quartet, he has won prizes including first prize at the Evian Competition, the 1981 Naumburg 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 works from the Klezmer Tradition with clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein and the Muir Quartet on Parma Recordings.

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 Director of Classics for Kids Foundation, which has given matching grants for excellent student instruments to hundreds of string programs serving disadvantaged children around America. He is Artistic Director ArtsLIVE! in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and founder/artistic advisor of the Montana Chamber Music Society, 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.