Violinist and Pianist to Play Guest Recital

October 3, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music, as part of their New Music Series, will feature violinist Wolfgang David and pianist David Gompper. The guest recital will be held on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington).

Admission for the event is free and open to the public.

The program will begin with an original composition by Gompper, titled Ikon (2008). Written for violin and piano, the piece is an iconic rendering of the historical Russian figure St. Nicholas.

David and Gompper will also perform sonatas by turn-of-the-century masters Johannes Brahms and Claude Debussy, along with Fratres (1977/1980) by Arvo Prt, a renown Estonian composer, and Devotion (2008) by Ching-chu Hu, Denison University associate professor of composition and theory and music department head.

As a recitalist and guest soloist, David has performed with leading orchestras in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Great Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York City, Konzerthaus and Muskverein Hall in Vienna, the Wigmore Hall in London and Philharmonic in Cologne, Germany. He has also performed in Bangkok for the Queen of Thailand. The violin David uses was built in 1715 and is on exclusive loan to him from the Austrian National Bank.

Gompper is a professional pianist, conductor, composer and educator. His                                         works are widely performed, nationally and internationally. The Manhattan Sinfonietta recently commissioned a work from Gompper for violin, percussion and nine instruments that will premier next February. Currently, the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is recording his Violin Concerto and several of his other pieces for release in early 2011. For additional information, contact the School of Music Office at (309) 556-3061.

Contact: Teresa A. Sherman ’09, (309) 556-3181