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School of Music to welcome Wolfgang David, David Gompper for Sept. 24 violin, piano duets

September 13, 2010
Wolfgang David

Wolfgang David

NIU’s School of Music will host a concert featuring guest artists Wolfgang David (violin) and David Gompper (piano) at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in the Recital Hall of the Music Building, 300 Lucinda Ave.

The program will feature works by living composers Gompper, Bruce Adolphe and School of Music faculty member David Maki. Also on the program are Schoenberg’s “Phantasy” and Ravel’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major.”

David and Gompper met the first time in 2000 when David toured in the United States. This was the start of a fruitful collaboration.

In the beginning, they only worked together as a composer and performer, which so far has inspired Gompper to compose 11 works especially written for David.

David Gompper

David Gompper

But in 2002, both musicians were invited to perform together as a violin-and-piano duo in Moscow. Encouraged by this success, they continued to perform together.

Since 2002, David and Gompper have given around 100 concerts, touring throughout the United States and a number of countries in Europe. Although their repertoire includes traditional works, their main focus is a combination of late romantic, standard 20th century and contemporary compositions written especially for them. Three CDs of the duo are available: two on the Albany label and one on VDE-Gallo.

The concert is free and open to the public, and the building is accessible to all.

For more information, contact Lynn Slater in the School of Music at [email protected] or (815) 753-1546.