Martin J. Van Klompenberg returns to the Arizona Senior Academy at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (March 21) to present a program he’s titled “Performer Influenced” because all the pieces were written by or for world-class bassoonists. The concert will feature a work by University of Arizona faculty member and composer Daniel Asia.
A proponent of new music, Van Klompenberg has been active in commissioning new solo and chamber works for bassoon, including projects with composers such as John Steinmetz, Bill Douglas, Damian Montano, Alyssa Morris, Rob McClure, Daniel Baldwin, and Brian Bunker. In 2017, he will premier new compositions by Jamie Leigh Sampson and Branson Garner.
Van Klompenberg will be accompanied by Meily J. Mendez, an accomplished solo and collaborative pianist who has performed in both the United States and Mexico. A student of Steinway artist John Milbauer, she received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Arizona.
Originally from Holland, Mich., Van Klompenberg is a bassoonist with the 323rd Army Band, “Fort Sam’s Own,” at Ft. Sam Houston, in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to joining the ranks of military musicians, he obtained a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Bassoon Performance at the University of Arizona. He also holds degrees from Arizona State University and Western Michigan University. His primary teachers were William Dietz, Albie Micklich, Wendy Rose and John Clapp.
Written by Margaret Scott, Academy Village Volunteer