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March 25, 2010

UI School of Music celebrates the music of Belgium's Piet Swerts

swertsThe University of Iowa School of Music will celebrate the music of Belgian composer Piet Swerts in two concerts: Swerts will perform a recital of his solo piano music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, and he will be joined by numerous faculty and student artists for a concert of his chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8. Both free events will be in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

On April 6, he will perform his Sonetto 63 del Petrarca, Partita in memoriam J.S.Bach, Five Two-Part Inventions, Prelude Lichtenberg, Prelude Le jardin à Giverny, Eight easy variations on "As I sat on a sunny bank" and Galop."

The April 8 concert will feature:
--"Klonos" for alto saxophone and Piano, featuring Colin Young, alto saxophone, and Jason Sifford, piano.
 --"La Follia" for violin solo, performed by faculty violinist Katie Wolfe.
--"Signals" for horn and piano, featuring faculty member Jeffrey Agrell, horn.
--"Dance of Uzume" for alto saxophone and piano, featuring Nathan Bogert, alto saxophone.
--"Pavane" for clarinet and piano, featuring faculty clarinetist Maurita Mead.
--"Klonos" for saxophone quartet, performed by the Axius Saxophone Quartet, the student ensemble that recently won first place in the chamber music competition at the 2010 Music Teachers National Association Conference Competitions in Albuquerque, NM. Quartet member Stephen Page also took second place in the conference's Young Artist Competition.

Swerts' large catalogue includes stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal and piano works. He is a faculty member at the Lemmensinstituut associated with the University of Leuven, where he was conductor of the Ensemble for Contemporary Music for 20 years.

He has been a guest professor in the Sweelinck Conservatory, Amsterdam, Netherlands; in the Department of Electronic Music at the University of Huddersfield, UK; the Polytechnic Institute in Castelo Branco, Portugal; in the Polytechnic Institute North Karelia, Conservatory of Joensuu, Finland; and the Conservatory of Barcelona, Spain, as well as the Pietro Mascagni Institute of Livorno, Italy.

As a composer, he has received nearly a dozen awards, including the Baron Flor Peeters Prize, the Prize of the Belgian Artistic Promotion, the SABAM Prize, the Camille Huysmans Composition Prize and the Prize for Composition of the Province Limburg. Most of his works are commissioned, including several compositions commissioned as compulsory elements of international instrumental competitions.

He has been a guest conductor in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Poland and China, where he conducted the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in 1994 with his own works. In October 2005 he was guest conductor of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela, where he conducted a full program of Belgian music, including his own compositions.

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

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