Cello & Piano

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Works for Cello and Piano
by Hovhaness, Barber, and Pärt


Eric EDBERG, cello - John KAMFONAS, piano


Improvised Prelude 
Alan HovhanessSuite for Cello and Piano, op. 193     
         I. Andante
         II. Largo
         III. Moderato
Alan HovhanessSonata for Cello and Piano, op. 255
         I. Andante Espressivo
         II. Grazioso - Adagio - Grazio
         III. “Prayer”, Andante Cantabile
Arvo PärtFratres


Samuel BarberSonata for Cello and Piano, op. 6
         I. Allegro ma non troppo
         II. Adagio - Presto - Adagio
         III. Allegro Appassionato

Following the release of their latest recording, cellist Eric Edberg and pianist John Kamfonas present a program that includes two sonatas by American composers Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000)  and Samuel Barber (1910-1981). Despite their divergent styles, these two composers chose to forge their own musical paths that veered away from the conscious cultivation of an “American” contemporary musical identity occupied by their contemporaries Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and Charles Ives among others.

Hovhaness’ exposure to the vocal music of Armenian priest and composer Komitas Vartabed inspired his lifelong travels throughout Asia where he constantly learned and appropriated traditional music styles of Armenia, India, Japan, and Korea. In Barber’s case, his early exposure to the operatic tradition through his aunt, the celebrated contralto Louise Homer, and through travels to Europe produced an affinity for lyrical melodies that would manifest themselves in many of his compositions. This shared early love for vocal music further unites these composers as it inspired a poignant lyricism present within these sonatas and throughout their musical outputs. Complementing these works, the program features other pieces by Hovhaness, Arvo Pärt, as well as duo improvisations inspired by this music. 

Free and open to all


Columbia Global Centers | Paris
Department of Music, Columbia University
Columbia University Club of France
Columbia Undergraduate Programs in Paris
Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music at Columbia University.



Classical and improvisational cellist Eric Edberg has been heralded by the Washington Post for his “excellent solo performance,” and by the Appleton Post-Crescent for playing that was "both faultless and effortless, a pleasure to observe and enjoy.” 

Embracing his penchant for improvisation alongside his passion for the classical and contemporar repertoire, Greek-American pianist John Kamfonas has given performances around the world, from New York to India, Paris to Beijing, which have been described as possessing "a grandeur that lifted the music into the sublime...and a delicacy that took one's breath away." (National Herald, New York)


March 28, 2018 at 8:00pm - 9pm

Reid Hall

4 rue de Chevreuse
75006 Paris 75006

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