Guest Recital to Feature Wolfgang David and David Gompper
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Distinguished composers and musicians
will be featured at Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Music guest recital
on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium. The concert
is free and open to the public.
Wolfgang David has performed as a recitalist and guest soloist with several internationally
renowned orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Radio
Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New York Virtuosi.
His decades-long music career has brought him to renowned concert halls such as Konzerthaus
and Musikverein Hall in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Wigmore Hall in London,
Victoria Hall in Geneva, and Philharmonie in Cologne.
A young protg, David began his career at just eight years old after being admitted to the University
for Music in Vienna, where he studied under the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra. Since then, he has performed at prestigious events, including the Great
Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York and a concert in Bangkok for the Queen
David’s violin, built by illustrious stringed instrument maker Carlo Bergonzi in the
sixteenth century, is on exclusive loan to him from the Austrian National Bank.
David has collaborated with a number of other prestigious musicians, and has recorded
albums with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and with American pianist David Gompper.
Gompper has performed as a soloist as well as an accompanist for Wolfgang David and
other notable musicians, and his compositions have been played at Carnegie Hall, the
Wigmore Hall in London, the Moscow Conservatory, and other distinguished venues around
Gompper is a 2002-03 Fulbright Scholar and a 2009 recipient of an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
in New York City, among other honors.
After completing his studies at the Royal College of Music in London, Gompper taught
music in Nigeria before returning to America to earn his doctorate at the University
of Michigan. He is currently a professor of composition and the director of the Center
for New Music at the University of Iowa.
For additional information, please contact the
School of Music
at (309) 556-3061.
By Rachel McCarthy ’21