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Oct. 20, 2005

Jory Vinikour Presents World Premiere At Harpsichord Recital Nov. 6

Jory Vinikour, an international award-winning harpsichordist, will present the world premiere of a new work written specifically for him as part of a free recital, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in Harper Hall of the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

Vinikour appears as a guest of the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society. This is a return visit to the UI for Vinikour, who played J.S. Bach's "Goldberg" Variations on campus in October 2002.

For his Nov. 6 recital, Vinikour will play six works:

--"The Bells" by William Byrd.

--"Pavan and Galliard of my Lord Lumley" by John Bull.

--Toccata and Passacaglia in D minor by Johann Caspar Kerll.

--The world premiere of "Toccatas," written for Vinikour by Harold Meltzer.

--"Pieces de Clavecin" (1724) by Jean-Philippe Rameau.

--Four sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti.

A native of Chicago, Vinikour studied piano in the United States, then traveled to Paris on grants from the Fulbright and Beebe Foundations to study early keyboard instruments. After winning first prizes at the International Harpsichord Competition of Warsaw in 1993 and the International Harpsichord Competition of the Prague Spring Festival in 1994, he has given solo performances in Europe, the United States, South America, Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

Vinikour has performed as a soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in Spain, Moscow and Dresden, the South Bohemian Chamber Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He has presented recitals and concertos at the Prague Spring Festival, Baroque Music Week of Monaco, Janacek May Festival and the Deauville Festival; for Radio France; and at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

He performs and records regularly with prominent early-music ensembles in Europe, including Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Arts Florissants and L'Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. He has made several solo recordings and can also be heard in the Merchant/Ivory film "Jefferson in Paris."

Vinikour's recording of the "Goldberg" Variations has received wide critical acclaim and was named one of the top 10 classical CDs of 2001 by the Chicago Tribune's John von Rhein. Several new recordings are forthcoming.

For more information, visit Vinikour's Web page at

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