Sonata in F# Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 46 (1922) Gabriel Pierné
(in one movement) (1863-1937)
Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 40 (1934)– Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Sonata No. 2 in F Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 123 (1905)–Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
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 44 years, the longest tenure of any member in the quartet’s over 100 year history.
Parry Karp is a active solo artist, performing numerous recitals annually in the United States. 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 six CDs. Unearthing and performing unjustly neglected repertoire for cello is a passion of Mr. Karp’s. In recent years he has transcribed for cello many masterpieces written for other instruments. This project has included performances of all of the Duo Sonatas of Brahms, as well as compositions of Bach, Beethoven, Dvorak, Hindemith, Schumann, Strauss, Stravinsky and Szymanowski.
As cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet he has performed over 1000 concerts throughout North, Central and South America, Europe, and Japan. His discography with the group has been extensive (over two dozen recordings) and includes the complete string quartets of Ernest Bloch, Miklos Rosza, and Karol Szymanowski . Many of these recordings received awards from Fanfare and High Fidelity Magazines.
Mr. Karp had a visiting professorship at the University of British Columbia, and has been a visiting fellow at Princeton University. Former students of Mr. Karp’s are members of professional string quartets, major orchestras, and teachers in North America. In 2012 he was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the spring of 2016, Parry Karp was named a fellow of the Wisconsin Academy.
Pianist Eli Kalman has performed extensively in Romania, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, United States and Canada. Hailing from Romania and Israel, 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 has held educator positions on the piano faculty at the Center of Arts, Mizra in Israel and previously at the Lyceum of Arts, Baia Mare in Romania. As a performer, he 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, in addition to other venues. Most recently he performed in Bologna, Italy at the invitation of the International Museum and Library of Music of Bologna honoring his contribution to the research, recording and performance of Respighi’s chamber music. His research in the field has led to the world premier publication of Respighi’s first Sonata for violin and piano (1897) published on A-R Editions/Special Publications, 2011. As a recording artist, he offers the works for solo piano and cello and piano by Erwin Junger (2001) and Robert Schumann’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano with violinist Rose Mary Harbison (2006) and “The Jewish Soul” CD with cellist Amit Peled on Centaur Records (2009). His solo recording entitled Homo Ludens highlights solo piano music of Russian-American pianist-composer Lera Auerbach, released on Centaur in 2015. A recording released in 2018 entitled Nebbie celebrates the music for violin and piano by Respighi in collaboration with violinist Jameson Cooper. His current project focuses on new music for horn, violin and piano in a new CD entitled Advenio in collaboration with hornist Bruce Atwell and violinist Yuliya Smead as their resident ensemble at UW Oshkosh, The Advenio Trio.