Conductor, Orchestra at Temple Square
Igor Gruppman is one of those special artists whose career successfully spans a number of artistic fields; he enjoys an exciting and multifaceted career as conductor, violin soloist, orchestra leader, chamber musician, and recording artist. He became conductor of the Orchestra at Temple Square in September 2003.
He is the concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and a frequent guest leader of such orchestras as the London Symphony, London’s Royal Philharmonic, St. Martin in the Fields, Mariinsky Orchestra, Marrinsky Stradivari Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Concerto Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra.
As a violin soloist, Igor Gruppman has received critical acclaim for a rich and beautiful tone, elegant phrasing, drive, passion, and virtuosity, and his recordings have met with enthusiastic reception by the international press. Mr. Gruppman plays the 1731 “Julles Garcin” Stradivarius violin generously provided by the Erasmus Foundation.
Mr. Gruppman is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Leonid Kogan and Mstislav Rostropovich, followed by studies with Jascha Heifetz in Los Angeles, and he is now on the faculty of the Rotterdam Conservatory. Igor and his wife, violinist and violist Vesna Stefanovich-Gruppman, cofounded the Gruppman International Violin Institute in 2002 to select, train, and develop the careers of exceptionally gifted violinists around the world, using the latest videoconferencing technology.