Cellist Eric Kutz has captivated audiences across both North America and Europe. He has been on the Luther College faculty since 2002 as a Professor and Artist in Residence; there he maintains a large cello studio. He is active as a teacher, a chamber musician, an orchestral musician, and a concerto soloist. His diverse collaborations cut across musical styles, and have ranged from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to jazz great Ornette Coleman. Kutz is also a founding member of the Murasaki Duo, a cello and piano ensemble that is in residence at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. As an orchestral musician, Kutz summers in Chicago as a member of the Grant Park Orchestra’s cello section. He has also appeared in the sections of the New York Philharmonic and the Minnesota Orchestra. In 1997 Kutz traveled to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow as a visiting artist, performing new chamber works by American composers. He has given two tours of Europe as a chamber musician. Kutz has premiered over two-dozen works, and 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. He holds degrees from the Juilliard School and Rice University.