Tarn Travers

Title: Visiting Instructor in Music
Office: Jenson-Noble 188
Phone: 1.563.387.2209
Email: travta01@luther.edu
Degree: M.M, Cleveland Institute of Music
Interests: Violin, string methods

Violinist Tarn Travers has performed throughout the Unites States, Europe, and Japan both as a soloist and as a 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. Mr. Travers has made solo appearances with the New World Symphony, the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the Icicle Creek Chamber Orchestra, among others.  He gave the world premier of Maria Newman’s Triple Concerto in 2003, and has subsequently collaborated with the composer numerous times, including a recording of her Triple Concerto, released in 2010 on the Montgomery Arts House Masterworks Recordings label.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Travers has performed with world renowned artists including baritone Randall Scarlata, mezzo-soprano Juliana Gondek, guitarist/composer Dusan Bogdanovic, and in Japan with bassist Yoshihiro Itoda of the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Manabu Suzuki, principle violist of the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra.  He has been a guest artist at the Malibu Coast Music Festival since its inception in 2006.

Mr. Travers spent three years as a violinist in the New World Symphony, where he often led the orchestra as concertmaster under a numerous conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, baroque expert Ton Koopman, and new music specialist Susanna Mälkki. He appeared as soloist with the New World Symphony three times, once in every season spent with that orchestra, in the music of Béla Bartók, Ramiro Cortés, and Chen Yi. Mr. Travers is also a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his primary teachers included Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil and concert violinists Camilla Wicks and Axel Strauss.

Tarn Travers, violin