Justin Knoepfel, instructor of violin and viola and conductor of the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, will present a violin/viola faculty recital Saturday, February 19, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall on the Gustavus campus. For this performance, Justin will be accompanied by pianist Beth Winterfeldt. The performance is free and open to the public.
Justin Knoepfel joined the Gustavus faculty in 2009. He is a graduate of Luther College and earned his master’s and doctorate in viola performance from the University of Minnesota School of Music. He has participated as a performer and teacher at the Dorian Music Festival, Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, Salem Music Academy, Bravo!, and the International Viola Congress. In addition, Knoepfel is a substitute violist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, and former principal violist of Exultate Chorus & Orchestra. He has performed throughout the United States and in Europe at such venues as Konzerthaus Wien, Orchestra Hall, Ordway Center, Le Jeune Lune Theatre, Bethel University, University of Minnesota, and Luther College. His primary teachers have been Mr. Korey Konkol, Dr. Spencer Martin, and Mr. Tom Turner.
For his first faculty recital at Gustavus, Justin will open with Mozart’s Sonata in E minor for Violin and Piano and Bach’s Sonata in G Major for Viola da Gamba and Keyboard. Following a brief intermission, he returns to the Björling stage to present Gabriela Lena Frank’s Cinco Danzas de Chambi for Viola land Piano and concludes with Benjamin Britten’s Lachrymae: Reflections on a song of Dowland.
Saturday’s Gustavus faculty recital featuring Justin Knoepfel, violin and viola, and Beth Winterfeldt, piano, begins at 1:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.