Featuring Parry Karp, violoncello; Frances Karp, piano; Thomas Kasdorf, piano.
Granville Bantock Hamabdi (Hebrew Melody) for Cello and Piano (1919)
Jesse Benjamin Jones Phantasma for Solo Cello (2006)
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in A Major for Piano and Violin, Op. 30 No. 1 (1801-2)
transcribed for piano and cello by Parry Karp
William Walton Cello Concerto (1956)
Cellist Parry Karp is artist-in residence and professor of chamber music and cello at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is director of the string chamber music program. He has been cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet for the past 41 years, the longest tenure of any member in the quartet’s over 100 year history. Mr. Karp has played concerti throughout the United States and gave the first performance in Romania of Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo with the National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest in 2002. He is active as a performer of new music and has performed in the premieres of dozens of works, many of which were written for him, including concerti, sonatas and chamber music. As a solo recording artist, he has recorded the solo cello works of Ernest Bloch, and works of Frank Bridge, Rebecca Clarke, Ernest Chausson, Edward Collins, Georges Enesco, John Ireland, Alberic Magnard, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Miklos Rosza, and Richard Strauss.
Thomas Kasdorf is currently a Paul Collins Fellow at the Mead Witter School of Music, studying with Professor Martha Fischer for a doctoral degree in collaborative piano He received both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from UW-Madison, where he studied with both Professors Fischer and Christopher Taylor. Thomas was an inaugural member of the prestigious Perlman Piano Trio, and has twice won the School of Music’s Irving Shain Woodwind and Piano Duo Competition. He has served on staff at UW-Madison as opera coach and is currently artistic and musical director of Middleton Players Theatre. He has an upcoming album release with former UW-Madison professor Stephanie Jutt: Latin Masterpieces for Flute, Vol. 2 for Albany Records.
Pianist Frances Reiche Karp has taught piano and coached opera in addition to her performance career.