Yarbrough and Cowan Collection
For over thirty years, Yarbrough & Cowan formed one of the world's
leading husband and wife duo piano teams. They traveled with their two 7-foot
Hamburg Steinways to many of their engagements throughout the U.S., Canada and
Mexico. Additional concert tours took them to the Far East, Russia, Austria and
Joan Yarbrough received a B.M. Degree with honors from the Oberlin
Conservatory of Music in 1960. She has also studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum,
and the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she received the L.R.A.M in 1963
after studies with Franz Reizenstein.
Robert Cowan has studied with Joseph Raieff at Julliard (B.S. and M.S.
Degrees), Cecile Genhart at the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A.), and with
Harold Craxton as a Fulbright Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music (L.R.A.M.).
Yarbrough and Cowan met in London in 1962 and were subsequently married. A busy
concert career followed for them, with close to 300 concerts in the U.S., Europe
and Mexico from 1964-1965. They have been duo-pianists-in-residence at the
University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama, and artist-faculty members at
the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina.
Yarbrough & Cowan commissioned and performed works for piano duo which
include Wallingford Riegger's Variations for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Paul
Creston's Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, and Niels Viggo Bentzon's
Symphonic Fantasy for Two Pianos and Orchestra. The Yarbrough & Cowan
collection features extensive concert materials dating from 1964 to 1995 along
with recordings of live performances.
SERIES I - PERFORMANCE FILES
SERIES II - CORRESPONDENCE / SUBJECT FILES
SERIES III - RECORDINGS
10 am to 3 pm
Monday through Thursday
9 am to 5 pm
Monday through Friday
Donald Manildi, Curator
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
8115 Alumni Dr.
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA