Edvardas Armonas (violončelė)

Sound recordings
Sound recordings

“He is a brilliant instrumental talent with an unusual musical intensity in his performance”            
                                                                                                                   (Frans Helmerson)

Edvardas Armonas, a winner of national and international competitions, the first scholar of the M. Rostropovich Cello Foundation in Kronberg (Germany), was born in a family of musicians. He graduated from the M. K. Čiurlionis Gymnasium of Arts in 1996 and in 2002 earned his Master’s Degree in Arts (music) from the Lithuanian Music Academy, where he studied with his father Prof. Rimantas Armonas. In 1998-2003, he studied at the Hochschule für Musik Köln under the tutelage of Prof. Frans Helmerson, with whom he also pursued his soloist post-graduate diploma, which he obtained in 2005. In 2001, he studied with Prof. Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Currently, he continues his post-graduate education in the class of the Alban Berg Quartet.

Winner of four national competitions, Edvardas Armonas has also won prizes in five international competitions: Grand Prix and the 1st prize at the B. Heran International Cello Competition (the Czech Republic, 1994), the 3rd prize at the International Cello Competition in Liezen (Austria, 1996), the Landgraf von Hessen Prize (Kronberg, Germany, 1996), the 2nd prize at the Helga and Paul Hohnen competition (Cologne, Germany, 2002), and as a member of piano trio garnered the 1st prize at the 14th International Chamber Music Competition Helexpo (Thessaloniki, Greece, 2004). He participated in many master classes with world famous cello masters: M. Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma, D. Shafran, D. Geringas, A. Noras, Ph. Muller, L. Lesser and T. Tsutsumi. In 1997, he was invited to take part in the L’Academie de Musique du XXeme siecle in Paris, founded by Pierre Boulez.

The cellist performed at various international music festivals, such as the 3rd Cello Festival in honour of M. Rostropovich in Kronberg (Germany), Usedomer Festival (Germany), European Academy for Music and the Performing Arts in Montepulciano (Italy), Alexandre Paley et ses Amis in Moulin d’Andé (France), Mommenta in Dortmund (Germany) and New Names in Suzdal (Russia). As a soloist he performed in Europe, the USA and Japan. He has appeared with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre des Campus de Grenoble, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Vilnius String Quartet, performed under the baton of J. Domarkas, R. Šervenikas, G. Rinkevičius, M. Pitrėnas, M. Staškus (Lithuania), G. Mais (Germany), and F. Bouaniche (France). Since 2006, he has been a member of the Trio Armonas (Germany).

Works for Cello and Orchestra

Max Bruch

Kol nidrei, op. 47

Karl Davidov

"At the Fountain", op.20/2

Antonin Dvorak

Cello Concerto in B minor, op.104

Rondo, op.94

"Silent Woods" / Klid, op.68/5

Edward Elgar

Concerto for cello and orchestra in E minor, Op. 85

Joseph Haydn

Cello Concerto No.1 in C major, Hob.VIIb:1

Cello Concerto No.2 in D major, op 101, Hob.VIIb:2

Ottorino Respighi

Adagio con variazzioni

Camille Saint-Saens

Cello Concerto No.1  in A minor, op. 33

Robert Schumann

Cello Concerto in A minor, op.129

Dmitri Shostakovich

Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat major, op.107

Cello Concerto No.2, op.121

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Variations on a Rococo Theme, in A major, op. 33

Pezzo Capriccioso, in B minor, op. 62

Nocturne in D minor, op.19 No.4

Works for Cello solo

Johann Sebastian Bach

Suites for solo cello: No.1 in G major (BWV  1007); No.2 in D minor (BWV 1008); No.3 in C major (BWV 1009); No.5 in C minor (BWV 1011)

Gaspar Cassadó

Suite in D minor

Cristóbal Halffter

Klagelied eines verwundeten Vogels (2000)

Paul Hindemith

Sonata op.25, No. 3 (1922)

André Jolivet

Suite en Concert (1965)

Zoltan Kodaly

Sonata op.8 (1915)

György Ligeti

Sonata (1948-53)

Witold Lutoslawsky

Sacher variation (1975)

Works for Cello and Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata in C major, op.102 No.1

Sonata in D major, op.102 No.2

Variations in G major on Handel's "See, the Conqu'ring Hero comes," WoO 45

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

Gaspar Cassado


Claude Debussy

Sonata in D minor (1915)

Gabriel Faure

Elegie in C minor, op.24

François Francoeur

Sonata in E major

Enrique Granados

Intermezzo from Goyescas (arr. G.Cassado)

Bronius Kutavičius

Rhythmus – Arhytmus (1993)

Pietro Locatelli

Sonata in D major

Bohuslav Martinu

Sonata No.3, H.340

Joaquín  Nin y Castellanos

Suite espagnole

David Popper

"Dance of Elfs", op.39

"Spinnig –Wheel", op.55

Sergei Rachmaninov

Sonata in G minor, op.19

Franz Schubert

Sonata Arpeggione, D 821

Robert Schumann

Adagio et Allegro in A flat major, op.70

Fünf Stücke im Volkston, op.102

Anatolijus Šenderovas

"Two Songs of Shulamith" (1996)

Dmitri Shostakovich

Sonata in D minor, op.40

Igor Stravinsky

Suite Italienne

Concert in the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, 2014 November 19

Autumn Trio



GEORGE ENESCU – Piano trio in A minor

FELIKSAS BAJORAS – Flair (premiere)

ANTON ARENSKY – Piano trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32

GEORGE ENESCU – Sérénade lointaine

Concert in the Lithuanian National Philharmonic, 15 12 2007

Concert in memory of clarinetist ALGIRDAS DOVEIKA (1957-2006)

JONAS NABAŽAS Symphonic poem A Song of Sadness and Joy (on occasion of the composer’s centennial)

EDWARD ELGAR Concerto for cello and orchestra in E minor, Op. 85

CÉSAR FRANCK Symphony in D minor


Soloist EDVARDAS ARMONAS (cello)


Lyrical element is especially strong aspect of Edvardas Armonas’ artistry. In his performance of A. Dvořák’s Concerto for cello and orchestra the second theme sounded like a lyrical song for cello.

(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 1996)


In projecting the expressivity characteristic of Spanish music, his virtuosity was as astounding as his talent and incredible sensitivity. (Kronberger Kurier, 1997)

Armonas demonstrated warm and expressive cello sound as well as perfectly developed manual dexterity, which allows mastering of all technical challenges. He breathes together with music. In Karl Davydov’s piece By the Fountain one felt submerged in swirling water. Astonishingly virtuosic streams sparkled like silvery water cascades.

(Taunus Zeitung, 1997)