Cellist Parry Karp is artist-in residence and professor of chamber music and cello at UW-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.
Pianist Eli Kalman has performed extensively in Romania, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the United States and Canada. He was the recipient of the Paul Collins Wisconsin distinguished graduate fellowship for excellence at UW-Madison. Prior to his teaching appointment at UW-Oshkosh in 2006, he held educator positions on the piano faculty at the Center of Arts, Mizra in Israel and at the Lyceum of Arts, Baia Mare in Romania. As a performer, his lifelong passion for chamber music has been featured at the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C., on “San Francisco Performances” and “Tuesday Evening Concert Series” in Virginia, on the Emmanuel Music-Schumann Chamber Series in Boston, the Connoisseur Series at Wichita State University, the Myra Hess Series in Chicago, and many more. He was an artist-in-residence at the Chamber Music Festival at Banff, Canada, and a guest artist for five years at the Token Creek Festival directed by celebrated American composer John Harbison.