Igor and Vesna Gruppman
July 4, 1956|
|Alma mater||Moscow Conservatory|
|Occupation||Concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor of the Orchestra at Temple Square, violin soloist|
Igor Gruppman (born July 4, 1956) is an American violinist and conductor. He is the Principal Conductor of the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, a position he has held since 2003. In May 2009, Igor Gruppman was appointed by Valery Gergiev to the position of Music Director of the newly formed Mariinsky Stradivary Orchestra. He currently also is Concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Gruppman is a native of Kiev, Ukraine. He made his debut performance at the Kiev Philharmonic Hall in 1967. He is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory where he studied under Leonid Kogan and Mstislav Rostropovich. Gruppman also studied with Jasha Heifetz at the USC School of Music in Los Angeles.
Gruppman emigrated to the United States with his family in 1979. Soon after his future wife, Vesna Stefanovich-Gruppman, whom he had known at Moscow Central Music School and at Moscow Conservatory, also came to the United States, they were married.
Igor Gruppman was the concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony from 1988 to 1995. He also was concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 1998. He was Associate Conductor of the Florida Philharmonic from 1997 to 2003.
Gruppman and his wife Vesna Stefanovich-Gruppman were members of the music faculty at Brigham Young University from 1997 to 2003. In 1997 Gruppman was Guest concertmaster for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2003 Gruppman also founded the Gruppman International Music Institute, designed to teach students from all over the world using distant-learning technologies.
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