Murasaki Duo to perform Sept. 25

Sept. 8, 2010

The Murasaki Duo, consisting Luther College faculty members Eric Kutz and Miko Kominami, will perform a recital on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7:00 p.m. in Noble Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

The program is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The recital will feature a world premiere of a new work commissioned by the Muraski Duo titled "Elegy," by Minneapolis-based composer Jocelyn Hagen. Advocates for new music, the duo actively commissions new works in addition to performing the classics.

The recital will also include Samuel Barber's Cello Sonata, Frederic Chopin's "Polonaise Brillante" and Camille Saint-Saens' Piano Trio No. 1.

Accompanying the duo is new Luther faculty member Tarn Travers on violin.

The duo has performed at leading festivals, such as the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, the Icicle Creek Music Center, and Lutheran Summer Music, and it has frequently been broadcast on Iowa Public Radio’s program “Know the Score.” The duo regularly performs on chamber music series throughout the nation.

Kutz, associate professor of music, holds the bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in music from Rice University and the master of music and the doctor of musical arts degrees from the Juilliard School. He began teaching cello at Luther in 2002.

During the summer, Kutz performs with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago. He has appeared in the cello sections of the New York Philharmonic and has been the principal cellist for both the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra.

Kutz has performed at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow as a visiting artist and has toured in Germany, Canada, England, and Switzerland. His diverse collaborations cut across musical styles, ranging from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to jazz great Ornette Coleman.

Kominami, adjunct faculty in music, holds the bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in music from the Juilliard School. She began teaching piano and music theory at Luther in 2002. 

Kominami has been hailed as a “virtuosic and a musicianly performer” by the New York Concert Review. As the winner of the Artists International Award, she gave her New York solo debut recital at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in 1996.

Since her debut, Kominami has toured throughout North America, performing with both the Murasaki Duo and the Chester String Quartet. She has received numerous awards, including a Canada Council of Arts grant and first prize at the Concert Soloists Competition in Philadelphia. She is currently the principal keyboardist of the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra.