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Feb. 20, 2012

UI Symphony Orchestra premieres Gompper's 'Dialogue I' Feb. 29

The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of William LaRue Jones, will present the world premiere of "Dialogue I" by UI Center for New Music (CNM) Director David Gompper at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Other works on the program are Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a, by Johannes Brahms and Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56.

The soloists in the Gompper Concerto will be violinist Wolfgang David and cellist Timothy Gill. For the Beethoven Triple Concerto, UI School of Music faculty pianist Ksenia Nosikova will join David and Gill.

"'Dialogue I' is projected as the first of a five-movement Double Concerto, for violin, cello, and orchestra," Gompper explains. "In this short exposition, the cello initiates a descending melodic idea that begins in the highest of its register. The violin, born from the end of that first phrase, elaborates and colors the cello’s line, attempting to engage 'the other' by creating dialogue.

"The role of the orchestra is as a resonator and amplifier, revealing discreet sounds and murmurings 'thought' to be heard by the soloists. The work was written for Wolfgang David, Timothy Gill, and William LaRue Jones and the UI Orchestra."

Gompper and David have collaborated for more than a decade, first as composer and performing artist, and later as a performing duo. Among their more than 100 performances in the United States and Europe, they have presented several concerts at the UI -- most recently in October 2011.

Gill has given recitals and played concertos throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, and India, and he is principal cello with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. His recordings include the complete Beethoven works for cello and piano for Dutch radio.

Gompper has worked professionally as a pianist, a conductor, and a composer in New York, San Diego, London, Nigeria, Michigan, Texas, and Iowa. Since 1991 he has been UI professor of composition and director of the CNM.

From 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 City.

Gompper's compositions have been performed in Carnegie and Merkin Halls in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and the Bolshoi Hall in Moscow.

David and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recently recorded his Violin Concerto, and his song cycle "The Animals," based on the poetry of UI Writers' Workshop emeritus faculty member Marvin Bell and written for Stephen Swanson of the UI School of Music faculty, will be released later this year.

Gompper has written, "My work as a composer can be likened to that of an architect -- an artist whose creative efforts begin with a vision, but are brought to life with materials that serve functional and formal purposes. Just as buildings are designed to be pleasant, inviting and engaging to the eye, so it is with music, which is successful in part owing to the beauty of its melodies, its rhythms, and other musical features -- all of which are assembled in such a way as to attract the ear."

For a biographies of Jones and Nosikova, visit

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