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Release: Oct. 13, 2000

New CD recording by UI faculty oboist Weiger earns rave reviews

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Oboist Mark Weiger, a member of the faculty at the University of Iowa School of Music, is receiving rave reviews for his latest CD, a recording of oboe sonatas by Francois Devienne and J.C.M. Wiederkehr performed with pianist Arthur Rowe, a former UI faculty member.

"An outstanding release" was the summary in the American Record Guide. "Weiger plays with authority and evident love for the pieces, sporting his usual characteristic pliant, supple sweet sounds; and pianist Rowe supports with understanding and stylistic purity."

Veteran critic John W. Lambert was equally enthusiastic, writing for Fanfare magazine. "The prime attraction of this release may well be the stellar playing of Mark Weiger," he wrote. Concluding that most listeners would "find the performances by the two artists both convincing and delightful," Lambert wraps up his review with a positive recommendation "for Weiger’s playing, which is among the finest oboe work I have yet encountered."

The CD was released recently on the Crystal label.

Since coming to Iowa in 1988 Weiger has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, Austria, France and Italy, presented two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, been a finalist in nine international competitions, won First Prize in the Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition (NY), performed double concertos with the Chicago Symphony’s former principal oboist, Ray Still, and presented solo recitals with many other notable oboists.

Weiger is a founding member of the double reed quartet Wizards!, which has released three CDs to critical acclaim, toured 18 states and presented educational residence programs throughout the West and Midwest. As the first oboist to serve as an Artistic Ambassador through the U.S. Information Agency, Weiger performed recitals in Nepal, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan and Sri Lanka.

A native of Alberta, Canada, Rowe studied at the University of Western Ontario and in Europe. A grant from the Canada Council supported additional studies at Indiana University and in Toronto.

In 1982 Rowe became the first recipient of Canada’s St. Lawrence Award in Music. Since that time his performing career has taken him to cities across Canada, the United States and Europe. He has performed in more than 100 concerts for CBC radio, Public Radio in the United States and for the BBC. In addition to his acclaimed career as a soloist, Rowe is founding member of three ensembles and continues to perform as chamber musician. He has been a guest at summer festivals in Canada, France, Yugoslavia, Interlochen, Mich., Santa Fe and Seattle.

Rowe taught at the UI 1990-92, and is currently teaching at the University of Victoria in Canada.