About Us

Since its founding in 1996, the Murasaki Duo has been dedicated to performing the cello and piano literature as chamber music. The Duo's recent Carnegie Hall concert was lauded by New York Concert Review as possessing "an unusually high level of ensemble playing," and having "an easy virtuosity." The Murasaki Duo has performed throughout the United States and Canada, including concerts in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Toronto, and has won recognition as one of the leading ensembles of its genre. Advocates for new music, it actively commissions new works, in addition to performing the classics.

The Duo recently released a new CD on the Delos label. The recording features Brahms E minor Sonata, in addition to show pieces by Martinu, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ginastera, and Piazzolla. It released its debut compact disc--featuring works of Beethoven, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff--on the Centaur Records label. It has been a part of leading festivals, such as the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, the Icicle Creek Music Center, the Malibu Coast Music Festival, and Lutheran Summer Music, and it has been broadcast repeatedly on Iowa Public Radio's program Know the Score. It regularly performs on chamber music series throughout the nation.

The Duo toured Scandinavia in 2005. This season the Duo will appear on the campuses of Luther College, Univerisity of Maryland, and Rice University; it will also appear on concert series in Chicago; Malibu, California; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Murasaki Duo celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016.

Photo by Christian Steiner
Murasaki Duo
707 West Water Street
Decorah, IA 52101