The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 8, 2004

Guest Cello and Piano Duo Will Perform At UI Oct. 22

Cellist Nina Gordon and pianist Lawrence Campbell from Illinois Wesleyan University will present a free recital as guests of the University of Iowa School of Music at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Gordon and Campbell will play three major works of the 19th-century cello repertoire: "Kol Nidrei" for cello and piano by Max Bruch; the Sonata in D Major, op. 102 no. 2, by Ludwig von Beethoven; and the Sonata No. 2 F Major, op. 99, by Johannes Brahms.

Gordon is a professor of cello and chamber music at the School of Music at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. She is also principal cellist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

She has studied at the Moscow Conservatory in Russia, the University of Tel-Aviv in Israel, and the University of Kansas-Lawrence, where she received her doctorate.

Prior to coming to Illinois, she was principal cellist with the Kansas City Symphony and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and a faculty member at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Earlier she also held positions with the Israel Chamber Orchestra under Rudolf Barshai and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. She was associate principal cellist with the Florida Philharmonic and principal cellist with the Colorado Music Festival in Bolde.

Gordon taught cello and chamber music at the MidAmerica Chamber Music Institute at Ohio Wesleyan University, at Sound Encounters Music Festival in Ottawa, Kan., and at the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival, held in Prague, Czech Republic. In July of 2005 she will be joining the faculty of the International Chamber Music Course and Festival in Positano, Italy.

Gordon is the founder and music director of the annual IWU Summer Music Programs, which include cello camp, chamber music camp and festival, and "Midwest Cello Celebration."

Currently teaching at Illinois Wesleyan, Campbell has concertized extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain. As a performer he professes marked affinity for the works of Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Liszt. In 1986, the centenary of Liszt's death, he presented more than 20 recitals devoted exclusively to the music of that composer. In that year he was featured artist at recitals of the Beethoven Society and at conventions of the Missouri Music Teachers' Association and the Wisconsin Music Teachers' Association.

Before joining the Illinois Wesleyan University faculty in 1978, Campbell taught at Bemidji (Minnesota) State University, the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and Albion College. In recent years he has become increasingly involved with teaching related activities, serving frequently as an adjudicator, guest clinician, and lecture-recitalist. He has judged concerto competitions for young artists sponsored by the Chicago Symphony and by the Des Moines Symphony, divisional and state competitions of the Music Teachers' National Association, auditions of the Artist Presentation Society in St. Louis and other competitions sponsored by universities and civic orchestras. He has conducted master classes at various state conventions of the Music Teachers' National Association and on numerous university campuses in conjunction with recital appearances.

Campbell served as acting director of the School of Music at Illinois Wesleyan during the 1997-98 academic year. In that same year he played 25 recitals devoted exclusively to the music of Franz Schubert. In the fall of 1998 the university honored him with an endowed chair, the Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Music.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,

PHOTOS are available at