Myron Lutzke

Myron Lutzke is well known to audiences as a performer on both period and modern violoncello. He studied at Brandeis University and is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro.

He now serves as principal cellist of numerous orchestras and as a chamber player with ensembles touring throughout the world. He is principal cellist of New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke's, a position he has also filled in the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra of Boston, the New York Collegium, and the American Classical Orchestra, and is a member of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, the Mozartean Players, the Aulos Ensemble, the Loma Mar Quartet, and the Bach Ensemble. He is perhaps best known to Smithsonian audiences for his work with Steven Dann and Kenneth Slowik in the baryton-viola-cello trio, The Esterházy Machine. He has performed with Aston Magna and was for many years a faculty member at their Academy. For the last twenty summers Mr. Lutzke has been an artist-in-residence at the Caramoor International Music Festival and has appeared as soloist at the Caramoor, Ravinia, Tanglewood, and Mostly Mozart Festivals.

He has recorded for Decca, Sony, Harmonia Mundi, EMI, Nonesuch, Musical Heritage Society, Deutsche Grammophon, Dorian, Denon and Arabesque labels. Mr. Lutzke has taught at the Akademie für Alte Musik in Brixen/Bressanone (Italy), and currently serves on the faculties of SUNY-Purchase, the Mannes College of Music, and Indiana University’s Early Music Institute, teaching baroque cello and performance practice.