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Oct. 21, 2009

UI Symphony performs Gompper's Violin Concerto Oct. 27

gompperThe University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of William LaRue Jones, will be joined by Viennese violinist Wolfgang David in a performance of the Violin Concerto by David Gompper (left), director of the UI Center for New Music, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Other works on the free concert will be the "Gadameilin" Symphonic Suite by Xin Huguang and the Symphony No. 2 in D major by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The Violin Concerto and other Gompper orchestral works will be recorded by London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra this fall for a release on the Naxos label in early 2011.

Gompper has lived and worked professionally as a pianist, a conductor and a composer in New York, San Diego, London, Nigeria, Michigan and Texas, as well as in Iowa. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London, and after teaching in Nigeria, he received his doctorate at the University of Michigan. He has taught composition and directed the CNM at the UI since 1991.

In 2002-2003 Gompper was in Russia as a Fulbright Scholar -- teaching, performing and conducting at the Moscow Conservatory. In 2009 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York.

His compositions are heard throughout the United States and Europe. In 1999 his "Transitus" (for wind ensemble) premiered at Carnegie Hall, and a number of his works have premiered in London's Wigmore Hall. Subsequent returns to Moscow have included premieres and performances of "Crossed," "Music in the Glen," "Six Love Poems,"" Star of the County Down," "Butterfly Dance," "Spirals" and "Ikon."

"Ikon" was taken on a 14-concert tour throughout the United States and Europe last fall with Wolfgang David.

Gompper recently completed several new compositions: a work for the Manhattan Sinfonietta titled "L'Icone St. Nicolas"; "Ikon II" for the the Coe College Symphony's 2009 European tour; and a song cycle "The Animals" on poetry of Marvin Bell, recently premiered at the UI by Gompper and Stephen Swanson.

Read Jones' bio at and visit Wolfgang David's Web site at

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

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