Luther Piano Quartet to present recital March 31

The Luther College Piano Quartet will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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

The program opens with Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor, followed by Antonin Dvorak's Miniatures for String Trio, and concludes with Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-flat major.

The quartet features Tarn Travers, violin; Spencer Martin, viola; Eric Kutz, cello; and Miko Kominami, piano.

Travers, Luther visiting professor in music, has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He spent three seasons with the New World Symphony, often leading the orchestra as concertmaster under Michael Tilson Thomas, and soloing with the orchestra three times, once per season spent with the orchestra.

Travers holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Martin, Luther associate professor of music, has appeared as guest violinist with the Pro Arte String Quartet and the Amelia Piano Trio, served as principal violinist in the Tuscaloosa Symphony, and has frequently performed in the viola sections of the Minnesota, the Alabama and the Wichita Symphony Orchestras.

Martin holds a bachelor's degree in voice performance, magna cum laude, from Butler University, a master's degree in viola performance from Wichita State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Viola Performance from the University of Minnesota.

Kutz, Luther associate professor of music, joined the Luther College faculty in 2002 as a teacher but has also participated in Luther music as a chamber musician, an orchestral musician, and a soloist. He is a member of the Murasaki Duo, a cello and piano ensemble currently in residence at Luther College. 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 earned a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Rice University and master's and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School in New York.

Kominami, Luther adjunct faculty in music, teaches piano at Luther while also sitting as Principal Keyboardist at Orchestra Iowa. She has concertized extensively throughout North America, including performances in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston and Toronto, both as a soloist and a collaborator with other artists. In addition to her solo engagements, Kominami is a founding member of the Murasaki Duo. The duo regularly performs throughout the nation and has released a recording on the Centaur Records label.

Kominami earned bachelor's and master's degrees in piano from the Juilliard School in New York as well as the Piano Performance Certificate form the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

            Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 1,000 student musicians.       

Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 300 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

Eric Kutz
Miko Kominami
Tarn Travers
Spencer Martin