John Lutterman


Cellist, musicologist and music theorist John Lutterman has given solo performances in Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Basel, Belfast, New York, Washington D.C., Sacramento and San Francisco, including chamber music performances at Alice Tully Hall in New York and recitals of the complete cello works of Bach, Brahms and Chopin in Salzburg.A specialist in period-instrument performance, Dr. Lutterman has appeared as a chamber music partner with many prominent soloists, including Monica Huggett, John Solum, Arthur Haas, Wolfgang Brunner and Igor Kipnis, and has performed with many leading period-instrument orchestras and chamber ensembles, including Salzburger Hofmusik, the Wiener Akademie, Philharmonia Baroque, the American Bach Soloists, Magnificat, El Mundo, the Jubilate Baroque Orchestra and Arcangeli Baroque.Engagements in 2014 included a solo recital at the Berkeley Early Music Festival and concert tours with the Grammy-nominated early-music ensemble, El Mundo, with whom he appeared at international early music festivals in Austria, Germany and Italy.In May 2015, he will give the Alaskan premier of Nikolai Miaskovsky’s Cello Concerto with the Anchorage Civic Orchestra.

Dr. Lutterman studied cello with Timothy Eddy, Steven Doane, Bernard Greenhouse, Jane Cowan, and Robert Sylvester, and holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University.Chamber music studies include coaching with Klaus Adam, Felix Galimir, Gilbert Kalish, and Julius Levine.After completing his D.M.A., Dr. Lutterman spent four years performing, doing research and pursuing post-doctoral studies in Europe.He studied Baroque cello and viola da gamba with Christoph Coin at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, and Nicolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

In March 2006, Dr. Lutterman completed the Ph. D. in historical musicology at the University of California at Davis, with a dissertation on Bach’s cello suites as artifacts of historical improvisatory practices.His articles have appeared in Speculum Musciae, Early Music America, Strings, and San Francisco Classical Voice.Dr. Lutterman’s teaching and research interests include performance practice, particularly historical improvisatory practices, the history of theory, the ethno-historiographic study of the relation between written and orally/aurally transmitted musical practices, the aesthetics of absolute music, and the historical development of the modern concept of a musical “art-work.”Dr. Lutterman is one of a small, but growing number of scholar-peformers who have attempted to re-create historical improvisatory practices.The journal Ad Parnassum lauded his performance of “an astounding semi-improvised fantasy suite for unaccompanied cello” at the 14th International Conference on Baroque Music in Belfast, Ireland.

Prior to joining the Music faculty at UAA, Dr. Lutterman served on the faculty of Whitman College, Lawrence University, the University of the Pacific, Stony Brook University, the University of California at Davis, and the San Francisco Conservatory.