Honored by The Washington Post as an “appealing, natural player”, Mr. Luce has performed in Austria, England, China, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Canada, Taiwan, and the United States. He has additionally premiered dozens of pieces in varied ensembles around the world, with concert venues including the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall and the Meyerhoff Concert Hall in Baltimore.
As an educator he is also in demand, having been invited to coach, teach privately, and perform at numerous schools and festivals such as the Juilliard School, Stanford University, the Interlochen Summer Arts Academy and the Austin Chamber Music Center’s Summer Workshop. In 2013 he was appointed to the position of Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University.
Mr. Luce has enjoyed an ongoing working relationship with the Conspirare Symphonic Choir of Austin, TX since 2011. Following a performance alongside them in January of 2011, the concert was hailed by National Public Radio as being “dreamlike…uncanny.” The same concert was also reviewed by Brett Campbell of the Wall Street Journal, who called the performance “a powerful new achievement in American music that vividly traces a journey from despair to transcendence.”
Mr. Luce previously graduated from the Peabody Conservatory initially (B.M.), where he studied with Stephen Wyrczynski formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Victoria Chiang, Afterwards he graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M.), where he studied with Mark Jackobs of the Cleveland Orchestra. As a member of the Aeolus Quartet, Mr. Luce was invited to attend the first graduate string quartet-in-residence program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his first Artist Diploma with high honors while studying with John Largess of the Miró Quartet. Finally he garnered terminal degrees in the form of a doctorate from the University of Maryland at College Park and an Artist Diploma from the venerable Juilliard School in New York.
His ensemble playing has received special attention from the New York Times as being “Admirably tight and genuinely intense.” Since 2008 he has been violist of the Aeolus Quartet, top prizewinners at numerous national and international competitions. Following their performance in Trondheim’s International Chamber Music Competition of 2009, the Aeolus Quartet was praised by Strad magazine for their “high-octane performance,” with Mr. Luce receiving particular note as being “especially enjoyable.”
Mr. Luce plays on a viola made by Samuel Zygmuntowicz for celebrated violist Walter Trampler in 1991, the instrument on which he performed during the final six years of his life. This instrument is generously on loan from Ruth Sumners Trampler, and bears on the ribs a Latin inscription which translates, “it is not the age of a man that makes him, it is his virtues.”