Named in homage to Lady Murasaki, the author of the world's first novel, MURSAKI DUO'S cellist Eric Kutz and pianist Miko Kominami weave their instruments' voices together in a unique and compelling equal partnership. Formed at the Juilliard School in 1996 and ensemble-in-residence at Luther College, the Duo recently completed a tour of Europe and the Middle East.
The Duo has performed throughout the United States and Canada, including concerts in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Toronto. In 2005 it gave a six-concert tour of Scandinavia.
Advocates for new music, the Murasaki Duo actively commissions new works, in addition to performing the classics. The Duo released a new compact disc entitled Duo Virtuoso in 2015 on the Delos label. American Record Guide praised the recording as containing "fine, beautifully balanced performances," and it concluded, "These are two outstanding musicians." The Violoncello Foundation gave the recording its 2016 Listeners Choice Award, from among all cello CD's released the previous year.
The Duo has been a part of leading festivals, such as the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, the Malibu Coast Music Festival, the Icicle Creek Music Center, Cello an American Experience, and Lutheran Summer Music, and it has been broadcast on public radio stations throughout the country.
Press for the Murasaki Duo
"An easy virtuosity . . . brilliant and witty." ("an unusually high level of ensemble playing.")
New York Concert Review, New York City
"Perfect throughout the evening . . . two highly gifted musicians."
News-Times, Danbury, Connecticut
"Two outstanding musicians." ("a splendid interpretation; a virtuosic and very spirited rendition.")
Sunnmørsposten, Ålesund, Norway
("performed with great sensitivity. The duo communicated the mood of the music—regardless whether joy or fury—in a most effective manner. The interpretation was entertaining and the piece played at a tempo that almost set the hairs of the bow on fire!")
Varingen, Nittedal, Norway
Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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