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Hagai Shaham violin
Arnon Erez piano
Raphael Wallfisch cello
When the press has them down as "Shaham and Erez...probably the most dazzling I have heard" (American Record Guide) and "Wallfisch...one of the most outstanding international cellists" (Leipziger Volkszeitung) and these three giants decide it's time to join forces, one had better sit up and take notice for something quite incredible is bound to become of it! In fact, that is exactly what happened when their piano trio came to life at the beginning of 2009 and was greeted with great enthusiasm from audiences that found themselves bowled over by the intense togetherness and extreme musicality of this exciting new ensemble!
Already at a young age all three musicians took home various prestigious First Prizes (Shaham/Erez: ARD; Wallfisch: Gaspar Cassadó) as a kick-off to what have since become very busy international careers. With legendary teachers like Ilona Feher (Shaham), Arie Vardi (Erez) and Gregor Piatigorsky (Wallfisch) they themselves have become much sought after teachers, holding professorships at the famous Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, University of Tel Aviv (Shaham, Erez), Stony Brook University, New York (Shaham) and both the Zürich Winterthur Konservatorium and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (Wallfisch). Masterclasses are taking them around the world and to well known summer festivals such as Kuhmo (Finland), Keshet-Eilon (Israel) and Banff (Canada).
A very wide range of recordings by these musicians is available from the Hyperion, Chandos and Nimbus labels.
The trio toured Switzerland and The Netherlands in 2009 and had outstandingly successful re-appearances in The Netherlands in 2011 and 2012, having toured Israel in the meantime. Engagements for 2013 include concerts in the UK (Wigmore Hall) and their third tour in The Netherlands, followed by more concerts in the UK (début at the Wimbledon Festival), Germany and concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and in Belgium. 2014 brings the trio back to Germany and has them touring The Netherlands twice, including a re-appearance at Concertgebouw Amsterdam with two concerts!
The trio's first CD, of both Mendelssohn piano trios, was released by Nimbus in February 2012 to much international critical acclaim. Their second recording, featuring trios by Ravel and Fauré, also on the Nimbus label, came out in June 2013 and, like its predecessor, received the highest critical acclaim from the international press.
Click here and get to know the trio by watching a 4-minute video featuring the trio in rehearsal, in concert and backstage at London's Wigmore Hall (June 2013).
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