Luanne Warner Katz | percussion
Marimba soloist and percussionist Luanne Warner Katz has graced many stages with her dynamic and energetic style, combining classical performance with forward-looking collaborations. A graduate of Eastman School of Music and recipient of the coveted “Performer’s Certificate,” Luanne has performed in the percussion sections of orchestras across the United States, including the Oregon Symphony, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and the Boston Pops Orchestra.
Always a devoted chamber musician, Luanne co-founded two contemporary music ensembles, Adesso and Big Bang, and performed extensively with the techno-pop group “d’cuckoo” in the San Francisco Bay Area. While in California, Luanne recorded at Skywalker Studios with the Kronos Quartet (“Nuevo”), the San Francisco Women’s Philharmonic (“The Music of Chen Yi” and “Works of Elinor Armer”), and was a frequent performer on numerous film sound tracks. She also participated in recording projects with the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theater, American Classical Soloists, and the Boston Cantata Singers. As concerto soloist, she was featured in the 1997 season opener for the Women’s Philharmonic in San Francisco and has appeared as soloist with the West Coast Chamber Orchestra in Portland, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Rhode Island Philharmonic, St. Joseph Symphony in Missouri, and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra.
Luanne continues to pursue opportunities to promote new music for percussion and marimba while performing regularly with Third Angle New Music of Portland, the project-oriented percussion quartet, FourReal, as well as curating an active chamber music presence in the Pacific Northwest. In May 2010, she traveled to China with Third Angle and performed in the Beijing New Music Festival. Luanne maintains a private percussion studio on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, where she lives with her husband, Ken.