Faculty Artist Series

Borter presents program March 10

Philip Borter, Luther College assistant professor of music, will give a faculty recital with collaborative pianist Miko Kominami, Luther instructor in music, at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Noble Recital Hall of Luther's Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

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

Displaying the folk music of Eastern Europe, Borter selected Bela Bartok's "Romanian Folk Dances for Cello and Piano." Also scored for cello and piano, Fantasiestücke, Op. 73, reveals the imagination of the Romantic composer Robert Schumann. Borter will also perform Rachmaninoff's Sonata in G minor for Cello & Piano, Op. 19, the Russian Romantic composer's last chamber work, which equally showcases the cellist and pianist.

Borter holds a doctoral degree from Eastman School of Music. Studying with Steven Doane, Borter also earned a Master of Music in cello performance at the Eastman School. As an undergraduate, he garnered a Bachelor of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Richard Aaron.

Performing across three continents as a concert cellist, Borter has appeared alongside musicians Itzak Pearlman, Joshua Bell and Andrea Bocelli. Nationally and internationally, Borter has been recognized for his musicianship in the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition, Eastman School Concerto Competition and American String Teachers Association Competition. Borter often collaborates with chamber musicians from around the country and with his wife, Hirono Borter, he formed Duo-B, an ensemble which features works for violin and cello.

At Luther College, Borter, assistant professor of music, teaches cello and performs frequently with the Luther College Piano Quartet.

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. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.