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Matthew Reichert, visiting faculty at UI School of Music, will play violin recital Feb. 4

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Violinist Matthew Reichert, a visiting faculty member at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present works for violin and piano by Brahms, Igor Stravinsky and Manuel de Falla on a free recital at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Reichert will perform with two pianists, both faculty colleagues at the UI School of Music. For the first half of the program, Reichert and Uriel Tsachor will play the Brahms Sonata No. 2 in A minor, op. 100, and the Scherzo movement by Brahms from a collaborative composition, known as the "F.A.E. Sonata," which featured other movements by Robert Schumann and the German composer/conductor Albert Dietrich.

For the second half of the program, Reichert and Carole Thomas will perform the "Suite italienne" (Italian suite) of Stravinksy, which the composer arranged from his ballet "Pulcinella"; and the "Suite Populaire Espagnole" (Popular Spanish suite) by de Falla.

Reichert joined the faculty of the UI School of Music last fall. A silver medalist in the 1995 Mondavi International Competition for Strings, he has had extensive success in competitions, with top prizes in the Schubert Club, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony, MacPhail Chamber Orchestra and the Young Peoples Symphony Concert Auditions of the Minnesota Orchestra, among others.

Reichert began violin studies at the age of five. In 1985 he was accepted into the studio of the renowned violin teacher Dorothy DeLay at the Aspen Music School and in 1988 he moved to New York to study with DeLay at the Juilliard School. He has also performed in master classes of many of the leading violinists, including Itzhak Perlman, Yehudi Menuhin, Joseph Silverstein, Eduard Melkus, Felix Galamir and members of the Tokyo String Quartet.

Reichert's recent performances include appearances in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Corbett Hall in Cincinnati, and performances of the Shostakovich and Haydn violin concertos with the Performers Ensemble of Greater New York. In 1993 he performed in Spillville for the Iowa Dvorak Centennial celebration.

Uriel Tsachor joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in the fall of 1988. The first prize-winner of the Bosendorfer Empire International Competition in 1986, the second prize-winner of the Busoni Competition in 1985 and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in 1983, he is a graduate of the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and the Juilliard School in New York. He has performed as a soloist in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, New York, Chicago, Vienna, Paris and other cities around the world.

Tsachor has performed with the Israel Philharmonic by invitation from Zubin Mehta. He has also appeared as soloist with the New York City Symphony, the Teatro La Fenice Symphony in Venice and the National Orchestra of Belgium, among others. He has performed both live and in recordings for radio and television stations in Israel, Europe and the United States, and he has made recordings for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC, DIVOX, Olympia and EMS labels.

Thomas joined the School of Music faculty in 1970. She has performed extensively in the Midwest and in Austria and has been a presenter/performer at numerous state and national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association. As a member of the duo "Piano by Two," she has toured throughout Iowa and the Midwest and shared in a grant from the Iowa Arts Council to work on the Arts To Go touring program. Before coming to Iowa Thomas taught at the University of Illinois.