Mindful Explorations returns with piano, violin concert

September 20th, 2010

Indiana University East’s Mindful Explorations series presents David Gompper, piano, and Wolfgang David, violin, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28, in Vivian Auditorium. This event is sponsored by Mindful Explorations, courtesy of the William H. and Jean R. Reller Endowment.mindfulexplorationsfall10

The event is free and open to the public.

A public lecture with David Gompper will be held on Wednesday, September 29, at 4 p.m. in Springwood Hall 217.

David and Gompper have toured together since 2000 in the United States and abroad. The duo performs traditional works but they also focus on a combination of late romantic, standard 20th Century and contemporary compositions written especially for them.

David has been a recitalist and guest soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Berne Symphony Orchestra, and New York Virtuosi.

Admitted to the University for Music in Vienna at the age of eight, David studied there with Rainer Küchl, the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.  Later, he studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne with Igor Ozim and with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music in London.

The winner of many competitions and prizes, David has performed in major halls such as Konzerthaus and Musikverein Hall in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, Cerritos Center in Los Angeles, the Wigmore Hall in London, Victoria Hall in Geneva, and Philharmonie in Cologne.

Gompper has lived and worked professionally as a pianist, a conductor, and a composer in New York, San Diego, London, Nigeria, Michigan, Texas and Iowa. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Jeremy Dale Roberts, Humphrey Searle and Phyllis Sellick.

After teaching in Nigeria, he received his doctorate at the University of Michigan, taught at the University of Texas, Arlington, and since 1991, has been professor of Composition and director of the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa. Gompper was in Russia as a Fulbright Scholar in 2002-2003 to teach, perform and conduct at the Moscow Conservatory. In 2009, he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.

Gompper’s compositions are heard throughout the United States and Europe. His Transitus (for wind ensemble) premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1999. A number of his works have premiered in London’s Wigmore Hall. He recently completed several new compositions including a 28′ song cycle called The Animals on poetry of Marvin Bell written for Stephen Swanson. He is working on several new compositions including a piano solo in memory of William Albright, a piano concerto, clarinet concerto and a violin/cello double concerto.

For more information, contact the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at (765) 973-8222.

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