Faculty Artist Series: Guest recitalist Christine Kim to join Luther's Eric Kutz and Phuc Phan

Kim, assistant professor of cello at Middle Tennessee State University, will join Luther College's Eric Kutz, associate professor of music, and Phuc Phan, senior, in a cello recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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

The program, titled "The Cello Suites of Benjamin Britten," will feature the three performers each playing one suite for solo cello by Britten.  Phan will perform the Cello Suite No. 1, Opus 72; Kim will play Cello Suite No. 2, Opus 80, and Kutz will conclude the recital with Cello Suite No. 3, Opus 87.  The program includes a description of each suite, placed in context with Britten's life and works.

An active soloist and chamber musician, cellist Christine Kim has performed in concert series throughout the United States, including Da Camera of Houston, the Foundation for Modern Music, and Musiqa. Kim has also appeared as a concerto soloist with the La Crosse, Evanston, Madison and Milwaukee symphonies.

As an orchestral musician, Kim has performed with the New Hampshire Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center orchestras.

Before joining the faculty at Middle Tennessee State University, Kim served as visiting assistant professor of cello at Luther.

Kim received a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. She completed a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at Rice University.

Cellist Eric Kutz has been on the Luther faculty since 2002, where he maintains a cello studio.  He is active as a teacher, a chamber musician, an orchestral musician and a soloist.  He has been involved in a number of collaborations with musicians such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma and jazz great Ornette Coleman.

Kutz received a Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from Rice University. His master and doctoral degrees are from the Juilliard School in New York City.

Phan is Luther's 2012-13 Presser Scholar. In 2007, Phan was one of only five students internationally selected to receive a full music scholarship to attend the United World College of Adriatic, Italy. During his two years in Italy, Phan received solo instructions from Pietro Serafin, cello professor at the Trieste Tartini Conservatoire, and regular chamber music master classes from the members of Trio di Parma and Trio di Trieste. Phan was also an active member of the Adriatic String Quartet, a student-formed ensemble with which he toured and performed in various cities in Europe.

Christine Kim, assistant professor of cello at Middle Tennessee State University