Luther Piano Quartet to perform March 10

Feb. 29, 2012              

Luther College's Faculty Artist Series will feature the Luther Piano Quartet comprised of Luther faculty joined by visiting faculty member Conor O'Brien in a recital Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.     

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

The program features Miko Kominami, piano; Eric Kutz, cello; Spencer Martin, viola; Tarn Travers, violin; and guest Conor O'Brien, violin, performing Antonín Dvořák's Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81, and Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms.

Kominami joined the Luther piano faculty in 2002. She has concertized extensively throughout North America including performances in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston and Toronto as a soloist and collaborator.

As a concerto soloist she has appeared with orchestras in Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. Kominami is currently the Principal Keyboardist of Orchestra Iowa. She performs regularly throughout North America with the Murasaki Duo.

Kominami holds degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City.

Kutz has captivated audiences across both North America and Europe. He has been on the Luther faculty since 2002 and is active as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral musician and soloist.

Kutz is a member of the Murasaki Duo, a cello and piano ensemble in residence at Luther. The Duo released its debut compact disc on the Centaur Records label and regularly performs on chamber music series throughout the nation. Kutz has been broadcast live on WQXR and WNYC, both of New York City, WFMT Chicago, as well as nationally on PBS television's Live from Lincoln Center.

Kutz holds degrees from the Juilliard School and Rice University.

Martin has been on the music faculty of Luther since 2002.  He has appeared as a guest violist with the Pro Arte String Quartet and the Amelia Piano Trio, served as Principal Violist in the Tuscaloosa Symphony and has performed in the viola sections of the Minnesota, Alabama and Wichita Symphony Orchestras.

His performances have been featured in NPR, CBC and MPR radio broadcasts.

Martin holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, Wichita State University and Butler University.

Travers has performed throughout the US, Europe and Japan as a soloist and chamber musician.  In 2001 he was a prizewinner at the Heifetz Guarneri auditions which led to a performance on the historic "ex-David" Guarneri, the favored violin of Jascha Heifetz.

Travers spent three seasons as a violinist with the New World Symphony where he often led the orchestra as concertmaster under Michael Tilson Thomas and soloed with the orchestra three times, once during every season spent with the orchestra.

Travers holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory. He joined the faculty of Luther College in 2010.

Since moving to the United States from his native Ireland in 2004 O'Brien has built up an eclectic professional portfolio. A member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and Lyra Baroque Orchestra, O'Brien has also played with the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

In November 2008 he performed throughout South Korea as part of the inaugural tour of the World Symphony Orchestra. O'Brien has recorded for television in Ireland and the US. He holds degrees from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the University of Minnesota.