Muir String Quartet to perform Beethoven at RIC, April 2

Muir String Quartet

Muir String Quartet
The Muir String Quartet will perform the third of a six-concert Beethoven Cycle as part of RIC’s Performing Arts Series on Monday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

The program will include String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 74, String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2 and String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131.

Since winning the Evian International String Competition in 1980, this internationally recognized quartet has gone on to receive a Grammy and a Grammy nomination, two Grand Prix du Disques and a Gramophone Award.

The 2011-12 season marks Muir’s 33rd year as an ensemble, and the group’s 28th as Quartet in Residence at Boston University’s College of Fine Art.

Michael Reynolds, cello, is a founding member of Muir as well as co-founder and artistic director of Classics for Kids. He earned an honorary doctorate from RIC in 1995, and has performed approximately 2,000 concerts throughout North America, Europe and the Far East.

Peter Zazofsky, violin, has performed in 23 countries on five continents, and appeared as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. He has premiered works written for him by composers in Holland, Belgium and Denmark.

Lucia Lin, violin, made her debut performing the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra when she was 11 years old. She is a current member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared with the Boston Pops, St. Louis Symphony and Moscow State Symphony orchestras.

Steven Ansell, viola, began his studies at age 10 in Seattle, and is also a founding member of the quartet. He joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal violist in 1996, and has appeared as a soloist many times.

Muir’s recordings of Berg Op. 3, Kreisler Quartet and Schulhoff 5 Pieces will be available on iTunes this fall.

Tickets for Muir String Quartet are $35. Discounts are available for seniors, children and RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni. Purchase tickets in advance with Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; online at; or at the box office in the lobby of the appropriate performance venue, which will open for sales two hours before the performance begins.