Luther College to host Polish violist Marcin Murawski

Featuring the works of Iowa composer Michael Kimber, Polish violist Marcin Murawski will perform a viola recital Luther College at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, in the Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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

Murawski, born in Poznan, Poland, in 1974, has given master classes and recitals throughout Europe. He studied viola at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan with his father, professor Andrzej Murawski, graduating with distinction in 1998. He later continued his studies in Aarhus, Denmark with mentor Claus Myrup.

Murawski subsequently earned his doctorate and was a viola professor at the Academy of Art in Szczecin from 2007 to 2013. He is currently a viola professor at the Academy of Music in Poznan. His extensive discography includes numerous premiere recordings, including a six-CD set of music by Kimber.

Kimber, a 1969 graduate of the University of Michigan, has held a residency in Australia with the Alexandria Quartet as a violist. He has been featured in concerts across the U.S. with the Kronos Quartet and has performed in both Europe and the U.S. with the Atlanta Virtuosi. After teaching viola for 25 years at universities in Kansas and Mississippi, he now teaches at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and plays viola with Orchestra Iowa. Many of his compositions for viola have entered the repertoire of violists worldwide.

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 more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.