Join five exceptional musicians for an evening at Schumann’s house (with excursions outside – Prokofiev’s sonata was written in France in 1932). This is chamber music tradition at its highest: music played at home among friends for the pleasure of exchanging musical ideas. Here Schumann’s imagination takes wings from his fantasy pieces for cello and piano full of Romantic outbursts to his magnificent Piano Quintet, perhaps the best piano quintet ever written.
Ofer Falk has won numerous prizes in international competitions including the Henryk Szerying special prize (1993) and top prizes in the Tchaikovsky 10th International Competition in Moscow (1994) and Montreal International Violin Competition (1995). UK venues at which Ofer has performed concerti include The Barbican, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Saint Martin in the Fields and the Purcell Room. Internationally, his performances have been broadcast on both radio and television. Ofer was the founder member and leader of the Schidlof Quartet, (1994-2001) the Falk Quartet (2001-2003), and from 2007 till 2015, the leader of the Allegri String Quartet. He has recorded three CDs with the Schidlof Quartet (Linn Records) one with the Falk Quartet and three with the Allegri Quartet. Ofer is professor of Violin at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also gives annual masterclasses at the Uzmah festival in Croatia.
Violinist Lana Trotovsek has won admiration for her expressive playing and unique musicality. Lana has appeared with some of the world’s finest orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Teatro Verdi under Tan Dun, as well the Slovenian, Shanghai, Sarajevo, and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestras, the RTV Slovenia and many more. She has performed at some of the most prestigious venues, including the Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw in Eindhoven. Her talent has taken her beyond Europe to perform in China, Japan, the UAE, Canada, the USA, etc and has been featured artist in many prestigious music festivals worldwide. She lives and performs regularly in London, while maintaining a close relationship with the music world in her birth-country Slovenia.
Roger Chase has played as a soloist or chamber musician in major cities throughout the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Middle East, India, most of Eastern and all of Western Europe, Scandinavia and South Africa. He was a member of many ensembles including the Nash Ensemble for more than 20 years, and has been invited to play as principal viola with many major British orchestras and others in North America and Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recorded for EMI, CRD, Hyperion, Cala, Virgin, Dutton, Centaur, Naxos and Floating Earth Records, demonstrating his diverse interests by playing with a folk group on an amplified viola, as a soloist on an authentic instrument and as an exponent of the avant-garde. Mr. Chase has taught in the UK at the Royal College of Music and a number of others and currently teaches at Roosevelt University in Chicago and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London.
David Cohen has established a reputation as one of the most charismatic and exciting young cellists of today. His international career as a soloist has flourished with invitations from the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, and a great number of others. With his remarkable career, David was nominated ECHO “Rising Star” for the season 2002-2003 by the Royal Philharmonic Society of Belgium and the Concertgebouw, performing a world tour in the greatest halls including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, etc. David is passionate about chamber music and has performed in many major music festivals. You will find award winning recordings by David with Forlane, Classic FM, Cypres-Records and the LPO Label, and many more.
Fiammetta Tarli plays regularly in Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary, Spain, Poland, and the UK, both as a soloist and in different chamber music groups, including her husband Ivo Varbanov (two pianos – four hands). Highlights of her recent engagements include multiple performances in well known venues such as West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium, Glasgow, Honeywell Music Room, Oxford, St John Smith Square, London, St Georges, Bristol, Wye Valley Music Festival, etc. Together with Ivo Varbanov she founded a new audiophile record label: ICSM Records. Fiammetta has two recordings with Gega New, as well as number of recordings as a soloist and with her husband Ivo with ICSM Records, with two more on the way. Fiammetta’s future recording projects include Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Piano Quintet, a two-piano programme with the world première recording of a piece especially composed for the duo Tarli-Varbanov by the Argentinian composer Silvina Milstein, a solo recording featuring piano compositions by Ravel, Debussy and Martin Georgiev, and more.