The Murasaki Duo will perform on Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, hosted by the Waverly Chamber Music Series. Founded in 1996, the Murasaki Duo consists of cellist Eric Kutz and pianist Miko Kominami.
Eric Kutz is an active chamber and orchestral cellist that has made an impact both nationally and internationally. With degrees from both the Juilliard School and Rice University, Kutz has had an extensive professional career, including performances in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, New York City, and around the Midwest.
Kutz currently holds the Barbara Steppel Memorial Cello Fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Music, where he currently teaches. He is a member of the Left Bank Quartet and the Grant Park Orchestra, along with making solo appearances in local orchestras like the Des Moines Community Symphony and the Luther College Symphony.
Miko Kominami holds both Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City, as well as the Piano Performance Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She currently serves at Luther College as an Instructor of Music in piano, along with being the Principal Keyboard of Orchestra Iowa.
After her recital debut in Carnegie Hall in New York City and winning the 1996 Artists International Award, Kominami has performed extensively throughout North America. She also performs locally in the Luther College Symphony and has appeared solo in Orchestra Iowa three times.
The Murasaki Duo has performed all over North America, Europe and Asia, including performances in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and London. Additionally, the duo shares their talents at annual festivals and have been featured on radio stations all across the country.