Internationally-renowned pianist and DePauw music professor Claude Cymerman and with his colleagues Randy Salman on clarinet and Eric Edberg on cello will perform chamber music by Beethoven, Brahms, and Debussy at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church in the 10th concert of the Greencastle Summer Classical Music Festival.
Admission is free.
The festival's cost are underwritten by individual donations and local businesses, including York Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Greencastle, Fine Print Books (underwriting this concert), the DePauw School of Music, and the Walden Inn and Conference Center.
The program includes Beethoven's trio for clarinet, cello, and piano, as well as sonatas for piano and cello by Brahms and Debussy.
A native of France, Cymerman graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris with highest honors, studying with Pierre Sancan. After winning National and International Competitions, including the Grand Prize at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud contest, he studied at Indiana University with Gyorgy Sebök. He is regularly invited to perform and give master classes at major festivals in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Japan and Israel and is a frequent guest on French National Radio and the BBC.
Cymerman made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1985 with Rumanian born violinist Sherban Lupu, (followed by a CD recording of works by Georges Enesco on the Continuum label), and has since played four more concerts there.
Appointed to the DePauw faculty in 1974, Cymerman was named the John C. and Lillian W. Siegesmund Professor of Music in 1996 in recognition of his outstanding teaching and artistic accomplishments.
An accomplished performer of both jazz and classical music, Salman has worked professionally with the Indianapolis Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, David Baker, Gunther Schuller, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, and many others.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, Professor Salman has studied clarinet with Larry Combs, Howard Klug and Leon Russianoff. His saxophone teachers have included Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano.
Edberg is an active concert artist who has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across the country. Trained at Peabody, Juilliard, The North Carolina School of the Arts and Florida State, his teachers included such eminent cellists as Leonard Rose, Bernard Greenhouse, and Stephen Kates. Concerto appearances include the Fort Wayne and Terre Haute symphonies in Indiana, the Indianapolis Philharmonic, and the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony in North Dakota. He is a member of both the DePauw Chamber Players and the Indianapolis-based Canale String Quartet.
An improvisational musician as well as a classical cellist, he has performed with artists including David Darling and Paul Horn. At DePauw he teaches one of the country's few non-jazz improvisation courses for classical musicians, and frequently gives workshops on improvisation and self expression, most recently as part of a Music for People weekend at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. He has given improvisation workshops at Lawrence University, Ohio State, Appalachian State, Bethany College, the Interlochen Arts Camp, and for the Indiana Music Teachers Association annual convention.