Bill Lutes an independent piano teacher living in Madison. From 2000 to 2011 he was Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin/Madison where he served as vocal coach for the University Opera. As pianist he has performed nationally as soloist and collaborative musician. Mr. Lutes received degrees piano performance from the Universities of Kentucky and Wisconsin-Madison, and the Artist’s Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music.. He has taught piano and masterclasses at the Interlochen Arts Camp and at the Selma Levine School in Washington D.C.
He frequently collaborates with his pianist/singer wife, Martha Fischer, in concerts of the piano duet and two-piano literature. They are completing their recording all of the works for two pianists by Robert Schumann. Mr. Lutes’ and Ms. Fischer’s Gilbert and Sullivan revue ‘Innocent Merriment” has been presented throughout the US and in Canada. Mr. Lutes has performed in and directed most of the G&S operettas, including numerous productions with Madison Savoyards.
Mr. Lutes also served as classical music host and producer and later as Music Director for the NPR News and Classical Music Network of Wisconsin Public Radio where he established award-winning educational programs. He is a popular lecturer on music, and has presented music appreciation courses for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associates Program and has been heard on the airwaves as a panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Quiz.