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.
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.
Three Motives from Dzukia
Sonata Rapsodica in B minor
Rivers Flow, cycle for voice, cello and piano
Nostalgia for cello and piano (2008)
Poem in E minor
Sonata No. 2 for cello and piano
Two Songs of Shulamith
Sonata in C minor, op.6
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
Sonata No.2 in C major
Sonata No.3 in G major
Sonata No.6 in A major
Sonata No. 1 in E minor, op.38
Sonata No.2 in F major, op.99
Sonata in C major, op.65
Four Pieces for cello and piano, op. 70
Suites in D minor and in D major
Sonata in D minor
Dialoghi per due
Essay nach einem Thema von J.S.Bach
Spanish Folk Suite
Sonata in E major
Los Requiebros from Goyescas
Sonata in G minor for two cellos and continuo
in G, op. 52
3 Stücke, op.8
Pohádka / Fairy Tale
Sonata No.3, H 340
Suite for two cellos and piano
Sonata in C major, op.119
Sonata in A minor, op.116
Four pieces for cello and piano, Op. 70
Adagio con variazioni
Sonata Arpeggione , D 821
Adagio et Allegro in A-flat major, op.70
Fantasiestücke, op 73
Fünf Stücke im Volkston, op.102
Italian suite from Pulcinella
„Kōjō no tsuki“
Sonata in E major
Jubilee celebration of pianist Irena Uss
ARMONŲ TRIO: INGRIDA ARMONAITĖ (violin) RIMANTAS ARMONAS (cello) IRENA USS (piano)
ARMONAS – USS DUO: RIMANTAS ARMONAS (cello) IRENA USS (piano)
EDVARDAS ARMONAS (cello)
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
Phantasiestücke for cello and piano, Op 73
Four pieces for cello and piano, Op. 70
GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL
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)
GIAN CARLO MENOTTI
Suite for two cellos and piano (Lithuanian premiere)
RIMANTAS ARMONAS (cello)
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."
"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."
"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."