Miko Kominami

Miko Kominami portrait
Instructor in Music

Office: Jenson-Noble 194

Phone: 563-387-1387

Email: komimi01@luther.edu


Education: M.M., The Juilliard School; B.M., The Juilliard School

Pianist Miko Kominami graduated from the Juilliard School, and currently enjoys a varied career on the faculty at Luther College, and as Principal Keyboardist of Orchestra Iowa. She has concertized extensively throughout North America, including performances in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, Washington D.C., and Toronto, both as a soloist and a collaborator with other artists. As a concerto soloist, she has performed with Orchestra Iowa, Danbury Symphony, Kishwaukee Symphony, Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the Luther College Symphony.

Ms. Kominami gave her New York Solo Debut Recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1996, as a result of winning the Artists International Award. She was acclaimed by New York Concert Review as “both a virtuosic and a musicianly performer.” Other awards include a Canada Council Arts Grant, and First Prize at the 1996 Concerto Soloists’ Competition in Philadelphia. She has performed live on WFMT Chicago, as well as Maine and Iowa Public Radio Stations.

In addition to her solo engagements, Ms. Kominami is a founding member of the Murasaki Duo, a cello/piano ensemble. In 2005, the Duo toured Scandinavia. It regularly performs on chamber music series throughout the nation, and has released recordings on the Centaur Records and Delos labels. Its latest recording won the Violoncello Foundation’s Fourth Listeners’ Choice Award. Ms. Kominami can also be heard on other recordings released by Delos, Innova, and Fleur de Son Classics.

MUS 116: Class Instruction: Piano

Continuation of MUS 115. For majors and non-majors who have had some piano or voice. Emphasis is on developing good reading and practicing skills.

MUS 117: Class Instruction: Piano

For music majors only. Emphasis is on developing the skills required on the piano proficiency test.

MUS 121:Theory I

An intensive study of music fundamentals and materials. Includes written exercises, original composition, and the analysis of musical examples. Keyboard exercises and computer-assisted instructional materials are integrated into the course. Music 131 is the honors section of Theory 1.

MUS 122:Theory II

A continuation of Theory I. Includes modulation, small forms, and variation technique. Keyboard exercises and computer-assisted instructional materials are integrated into the course. Music 132 is the honors section for Theory II.

MUS 130, 230, 330, 430: Private Instruction: Piano

For music majors in varied years of study. Non-majors and music majors in their secondary areas may register for these courses with consent of instructor. Studio seminars may be required. Additional fees will be assessed for these courses.
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M.M., The Juilliard School

B.M., The Juilliard School

Sample Audio

Sonata in B minor, S178 Composed by Franz Liszt Listen

Sample Video

Etude in C by Jocelyn Hagen

Elegy by Jocelyn Hagen

Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky

Grant Wood Gallery by Jerry Owen