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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!
" ... so wonderfully played as to make the listener want to curl up with pleasure: it is spot-on. Mendelssohn would have welcomed these performances with open arms." * * * * * International Record Review, April 2012
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 included concerts in the UK (Wigmore Hall) and their third tour in The Netherlands, followed by more concerts in the UK (Wigmore Hall), and their third tour in The Netherlands, followed by more concerts in the UK (Wimbledon Festival).
2014 Sees the trio touring in Belgium, Germany, France, Israel, England & Wales and Spain and also includes a re-invitation for two more concerts at Concertgebouw Amsterdam. A tour in the US & Canada is currently being planned for the 2015/16 season.
The trio's first CD (Nimbus), of both Mendelssohn piano trios, was launched in February 2012 to the highest critical acclaim. Their second recording, of French repertoire, was released in June 2013 and, like its successful predecessor, has been receiving rave reviews internationally. The next recording is due to be released in October 2014 and will include some of the great Russian repertoire.
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