NWC to host guest piano and violin recital

Northwestern College will host a recital featuring both violinist Wolfgang David and pianist David Gompper on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.

David has performed numerous recitals and solos with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Berne Symphony Orchestra and New York Virtuosi. He started his studies at the University for Music in Vienna at age eight, studying under the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Afterward he attended the Musikhochschule in Cologne and the Guildhall School of Music in London.

The winner of many competitions, David has performed in over 30 countries. He tours regularly throughout Europe, the United States, South Africa and South Korea. David plays on a violin built in 1715 by Carlo Bergonzi, Cremona, on special loan to him from the Austrian National Bank.

Gompper has been professor of composition and director of the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa since 1991. A pianist, conductor and composer, he studied at the Royal College of Music in London, taught in Nigeria and earned a doctorate at the University of Michigan. He was on the faculty at the University of Texas, Arlington, before coming to Iowa. He spent 2002–03 in Russia as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching, performing and conducting at the Moscow Conservatory.

Gompper’s compositions are heard throughout the United States and Europe. His works have premiered at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall. As a duo, David and Gompper have issued three CDs.

The recital will consist of four duets. David and Gompper will begin playing Gompper’s own Music in the Glen, which was composed in 2004. Next will be Violin Sonata in D minor, by Johannes Brahms. Also on the program will be Sonata in E minor, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Echoes, composed by Gompper in 2007.