Eric Kutz

Cellist Eric Kutz has captivated audiences throughout both North America and Europe. He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Music in 2015. He had previously been cello professor at Luther College from 2002.  He is active as a teacher, a chamber musician, an orchestral musician, and a soloist.  His diverse collaborations cut across musical styles, and have ranged from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to jazz great Ornette Coleman. New York Concert Review praised Kutz for possessing a "noble dignity and pure, focused tone," in its recent review of the Murasaki Duo's Carnegie Hall concert. 

For four years Mr. Kutz was the cellist of the Chester String Quartet, which was in residence at Indiana University South Bend. In 1997 Mr. Kutz traveled to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow as a visiting artist, performing new chamber works by American composers. He has been broadcast live on WQXR and WNYC, both of New York City, as well as PBS television's Live from Lincoln Center. Recently Mr. Kutz has appeared as a soloist with the Des Moines Symphony, the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, the University of Maryland Repertory Orchestra, and the Luther College Symphony. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Kutz spends his summers as a member of the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago. He has appeared in the sections of the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Kutz holds degrees from the Juilliard School and Rice University. He performs on a cello by Raffaele Fiorini (Bologna, 1877).

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