Eric Kutz

Cellist Eric Kutz has captivated audiences across both North America and Europe. He has been on the Luther College faculty since 2002 as Associate Professor of Music, where he maintains a large cello studio. He is active as a teacher, a chamber musician, an orchestral musician, and a soloist. His diverse collaborations cut across musical styles, and have ranged from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to jazz great Ornette Coleman. Mr. Kutz is also a founding member of the Murasaki Duo, a cello and piano ensemble that is in residence at Luther College.

The Murasaki Duo, which consists of Mr. Kutz and Canadian pianist Miko Kominami, toured Scandinavia in 2005. Advocates for new music, the Duo actively commissions new works, in addition to performing the classics. The Duo recently released its debut compact disc on the Centaur Records label; this disc was reviewed by the Journal of the Atlanta Audio Society as “ebullient” and “brilliant throughout.” The Duo has performed at leading festivals, such as the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, the Icicle Creek Music Center, Malibu Friends of Music, and Lutheran Summer Music, and it has repeatedly been broadcast on Iowa Public Radio’s program, “Know the Score.” Hailed by New York Concert Review as having “an easy virtuosity, and an unusually high level of ensemble playing,” the Duo regularly performs on chamber music series throughout the nation.

As an orchestral musician, Mr. Kutz summers in Chicago as a member of the Grant Park Orchestra’s cello section. He has also appeared in the section of the New York Philharmonic. He has been principal cellist of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra, and he has performed under the batons of Sir Georg Solti, Kurt Masur, and Seiji Ozawa.

In 1997 Mr. Kutz traveled to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow as a visiting artist, performing new chamber works by American composers. Other performance highlights include a tour of Germany and a concert in New York’s Avery Fisher Hall as part of Lincoln Center’s Mozart Bicentennial celebration. Mr. Kutz has premiered over two-dozen works, and 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.

Mr. Kutz received his Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from Rice University, where he studied with Norman Fischer. His Master and Doctoral degrees are from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he was a student of Joel Krosnick. He performs on a cello by Raffaele Fiorini (Bologna, 1877).

Sample Audio

Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3
Composed by Frederic Chopin