Renowned musicians David, Gompper to present concert at Coe

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2011-10-14 11:05:33 - General

Internationally recognized violinist Wolfgang David, along with renowned pianist and composer David Gompper from the University of Iowa, will be performing a guest recital on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall on the Coe College campus.  The event is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature the premiere of “Calling Cards” for violin and piano, composed by Gompper.  Other numbers on the program include “Nigun (Improvisation) No. 2” from “Baal Shem” by Ernest Bloch and “A Letter to Say I Love You and Goodbye” from movement II of “Violin Sonata” by Elliott Miles McKinley.

In addition, “Tristia, 6 lyric pieces for violin and piano” by Jeremy Dale Roberts and “Sonata No. 2 in D Major, op. 94a” by Sergei Prokofiev will be performed.

Since being invited to perform together in Moscow in 2002, David and Compper have given around 100 concerts, touring throughout the United States and a number of countries in Europe.  While their repertoire includes traditional works, their main focus is a combination of late romantic, standard 20th century and contemporary compositions written especially for them.  Five CDs of the duo are available.

Wolfgang David
Violinist Wolfgang David has become ensconced on the international stage, both as a recitalist, and as a guest soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including a performance of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony.  David’s growing reputation is marked in reviews by the likes of Thomas Frost, senior executive producer at Sony Classical, who foresees for him “a significant international concert and recording career.”  The Washington Post says David has “scaled the heights of music making.”

David performs widely in Europe, the United States, Russia, Japan, South Korea, India, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, and South Africa.  He has been the winner of many competitions and prizes, including the University of Vienna’s “Foundation Stefanie Hohl” award, top prize in the Kulenkampff International Competition (Cologne), and the International Music Competition (Pretoria, South Africa).  He has recorded two CDs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The musician performs on a violin built in 1715 by Carlo Bergonzi, Cremona, on exclusive loan to him from the Austrian National Bank.

David Gompper
David Gompper has lived and worked professionally as a pianist, a conductor and a composer in New York, San Diego, London, Nigeria, Michigan, Texas and Iowa. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and received his doctorate at the University of Michigan.  Gompper taught at the University of Texas, Arlington, and since 1991 has been professor of composition and director of the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa. In 2002-2003, Gompper was in Russia as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching, performing and conducting at the Moscow Conservatory.  In 2009, he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.

Gompper's compositions are heard throughout the United States and Europe. In 1999, his “Transitus” for wind ensemble premiered at Carnegie Hall, and a number of his works have premiered in London's Wigmore Hall, including: “Hommage a W. A.” (William Albright) for piano; and “Shades of Love,” a song cycle on the poetry of Constantin Cavafy.  Subsequent returns to Moscow have included premieres and performances of “Crossed,” “Music in the Glen,” “Six Love Poems”, “Star of the County Down,” “Butterfly Dance,” and other compositions.  Currently, he is working on a Double Concerto that will be premiered in February 2012.

The event is sponsored by Friends of Music at Coe.  For more information call 399-8521.