Armonas-Uss Duo

Sound recordings
Sound recordings

Armonas-Uss Duo has given concerts since 1977. In a period of 25 years, the duo has given about 500 concerts in Lithuania and abroad - in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, France, Algeria, Czechia, Finland, Poland and SNG countries. The Duo participated in classical and contemporary music festivals - 'Music Autumn' (Muzikos ruduo), 'Note' (Gaida), 'Young Music' (Jauna Muzika), 'Pazaislis Festival' (Pažaislio festivalis), 'St.Christopher Summer Festival' (Šv. Kristupo vasaros festivalis), 'Thomas Mann Festival' (T.Manno festivalis) in Lithuania, and the Klassik im Grünen in Buckow (Germany). Armonas-Uss Duo repertoire comprises chamber music of different styles and epochs, works of famous 20th century composers.  The Duo has been the first to introduce quite a number of contemporary Lithuanian composers such as J.Andrejevas, V.Barkauskas, J.Bašinskas, V.Bagdonas, A.Šenderovas, R.Šileika. More than 60 works the Duo recorded for Lithuanian and foreign Radio, some of them released on cassettes and CDs. Creative work of both performers was widely presented on musical broadcasts of the Lithuanian TV.

The Members:

Rimantas Armonas (cello) 1975 graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music Prof. S.Sondeckienė's class. Then he took postgraduate studies at the Moscow P.Tchaikovsky Conservatoire Prof. V.Feigin's class. In 1980 he won the first prize at the International Cellists Competition in Minsk (Belarus).
Since 1978 Rimantas Armonas has been teaching at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Ass. Prof. from 1994. In 1986-88 he lectured at the National Institut of Music in Algeria (L'Institut National de Musique d'Algérie). From 2000 is the Chair of the String Department at the Kaunas Faculty of the Lithuanian Academy of Music.
Rimantas Armonas is one of the outstanding Lithuanian cellists. He gives many concerts as a soloist and as a member of different chamber ensembles. He gave concerts in Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Spain, France, Austria, Hungary, Singapore, Algeria, SNG countries, participated in prestigious classical and contemporary music festivals in Lithuania and abroad. He played with the Belorussian and Lithuanian National, Belorussian Radio and TV and Klaipėda symphony orchestras as well as the Lithuanian, Kaunas and St. Christopher's chamber orchestras, under the baton of S.Sondeckis, M.Dvarionaitė, D.Katkus, J.Domarkas (Lithuania); P.Berman (Spain); O.Grangean (France); N.Engelbrecht and E.Leonov (Belorussia); B.Raisky (Russia). He is a member of  Armonas Trio and the cello quartet Cellerando. Rimantas Armonas led cello master courses and interpretation seminars in Finland (1991-92), Belorussia (1994), Latvia (1996, Academia Baltica' 97), Netherlands (2001), he participated as a jury member at the international competitions. In his repertoire, together with classical music, there are works by contemporary composers of different countries, many of them performed by Armonas in Lithuania for the first time. He is an active performer of the new Lithuanian music, prepared more than 20 world premieres of works by contemporary Lithuanian composers. He made many recordings for Lithuanian and foreign radio stations, in addition, he has recorded CDs in various countries.

Irena Uss (piano) 1977 graduated with honours from the Lithuanian Academy of Music, Prof.J.Karnavičius's class. In 1986-1988 lectured piano at the National Institute of Music in Algeria (L'Institut National de Musique d'Algérie). From 1988 she teaches at the Lithuanian Academy of Music, Ass. Prof. from 1999.
Irena Uss is a well known pianist in Lithuania, a performer of chamber music, and an accompanist. She gave many concerts in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Algeria, and SNG countries. She is a partner of famous Lithuanian performers - vocalists and instrumentalists, the member of Armonas Trio. Irena Uss played with the Kaunas Chamber Orchestra (conducted by P.Berman); State Vilnius String Quartet; participated in classical and contemporary music festivals in Lithuania, Russia, Germany, M.Rostropovich festival in Kronberg (1997). She has accompanied for Lithuanian cellists at many international competitions, among them in Liezen (Austria, 1996), W.Lutosławski Competition (Poland, 1997), A.Navarra Cello Competition (France, 2000), and the P.Casals competition (Germany, 2000). In 2001 she led master courses for Lied interpretation in Groningen (Netherlands).
Irena Uss has edited and premiered many works by Lithuanian composers. Many of them she recorded for Lithuanian and foreign radio stations. Many of her recordings are released  on a CDs  and cassette-tapes.

Lithuanian Composers

Julius Andrejevas

Three Motives from Dzukia

Kazimieras Viktoras Banaitis

  Sonata Rapsodica in B minor

Justinas Bašinskas

Rivers Flow, cycle for voice, cello and piano

Jurgis Juozapaitis

Nostalgia for cello and piano (2008)

Jurgis Karnavičius

Poem in E minor

Bronius Kutavičius


Perpetuum mobile

Jonas Lechavičius

Sonata No. 2 for cello and piano

Anatolijus Šenderovas


Two Songs of Shulamith

Juozas Širvinskas


Kristina Vasiliauskaitė


Foreign Composers

Samuel Barber

Sonata in C minor, op.6

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata No.3 in A major, op.69

Sonata No.4 in C major, op. 102 No.1

Sonata No.5 in D major, op. 102 No.2

Luigi Boccherini

Sonata No.2 in C major

Sonata No.3 in G major

Sonata No.6 in A major

Johannes Brahms

Sonata No. 1 in E minor, op.38

Sonata No.2 in F major, op.99

Benjamin Britten

Sonata in C major, op.65

Max Bruch

Four Pieces for cello and piano, op. 70

Louis de Caix d'Hervelois

Suites in D minor and in D major

Claude Debussy

Sonata in D minor

Dietrich Erdmann

Dialoghi per due

Essay nach einem Thema von J.S.Bach

Manuel de Falla

Spanish Folk Suite

Francois Francoeur

Sonata in E major

Enrique Granados

Los Requiebros from Goyescas

George Frideric Handel

Sonata in G minor for two cellos and continuo

Mikko Heiniö

in G, op. 52

Paul Hindemith

3 Stücke, op.8

Leoš Janacek

Pohádka / Fairy Tale

Peter Jona Korn

Sonata op.6

Benedetto Marcello

Four sonatas

Bohuslav Martinu

Sonata No.3, H 340

Gian Carlo Menotti

Suite for two cellos and piano

Joaquin Nin y Castellanos

Suite espagnole

Astor Piazzolla

Grand Tango

Sergei Prokofiev

Sonata in C major, op.119

Max Reger

Sonata in A minor, op.116

Four pieces for cello and piano, Op. 70

Ottorino Respighi

Adagio con variazioni

Franz Schubert

Sonata Arpeggione , D 821

Robert Schumann

Adagio et Allegro in A-flat major, op.70

Fantasiestücke, op 73

Fünf Stücke im Volkston, op.102

Igor Stravinsky

Italian suite from Pulcinella

R. Taki

„Kōjō no tsuki“

Giovanni Valentini

Sonata in E major

H. Vesman

Sonata No.2

Antonio Vivaldi

6 sonatas

Concert in the Museum of Applied Art, Vilnius, 2014 November 23

Jubilee celebration of pianist Irena Uss





FRANZ SCHUBERT – Adagio in A major for two cellos and piano

ROBERT SCHUMANN – Fantasiestücke (Fantasy Pieces) Op. 73 for cello and piano

OTTORINO RESPIGHI – Adagio con variazioni

JURGIS JUOZAPAITIS – Moonlight for two cellos and piano (composer’s version, 2004)

DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH – Piano trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, April 8, 2009


Phantasiestücke for cello and piano, Op 73


Four pieces for cello and piano, Op. 70


Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op. 2 No. 8



Nostalgia for cello and piano (2008, premiere)


Sonata No. 2 for cello and piano (premiere)


Suite for two cellos and piano (Lithuanian premiere)


JEROEN REULING (cello, The Netherlands)

IRENA USS (piano)

"Hier stimmt alles. Nicht nur die bekannt angenehme Naturkulisse, die Halbdunkel schattenspendender Bäume für ein besinnliches Stimmungsbild sorgte. Auch die Programmgestaltung, die neben Dvořák und Brahms auch einer Uraufführung galt: einem Stück vom litauischen Komponisten Remigijus Šileika, das auch durch die meisterhafte Beherrschung der Instrumente durch die Künstler zum Erlebnis wurde."

Märkische Oderzeitung, Buckow, 1996

"These musicians don’t seek to display any spectacular virtuosity (though both are masters of their instruments), but strive for a deep connection between content and mood, for inner inpiration, and for a true and warm conversation."

Jūratė Vyliūtė. 7 meno dienos, 1996

"Inner quality of these performers naturally impresses audience. They are really good musicians. We can be luck that we have such performers who can play in the best European concerts halls."

Vytautas Barkauskas. 7 meno dienos, 1998