Here is a programme featuring some of the best pages ever written for violin, horn, viola, and piano. The Romantic tones of Ofer Falk’s violin (and viola!) are supremely combined with the dark, warm timbre of Tanya Nisonen’s French horn and Ivo Varbanov’s sophisticated piano playing. It will be an unforgettable evening.
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.
Finnish hornist Tanja Nisonen has been a member of Turku Philharmonic orchestra since 2003 as both Co-principal and principal horn. She has performed in almost every orchestra in Finland and also in Sweden with the Swedish Radio Orchestra. Tanja is frequently performing as a soloist with orchestras in Finland including Lappeenranta City orchestra, Joensuu City orchestra, Finnish Navy band and Sisu orchestra. Since 2010 Tanja has taught in Turku Music Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences and in Turku Conservatory. Tanja Nisonen is above all an orchestra musician but chamber music is a beloved part of her hornist career. She founded a chamber music group Artsoppa (Artsoup) in 2008 and she is also a member of 4.Lines horn-quartet. She has performed as a chamber musician in Finland and Sweden. This is her debut performance in the UK.
Ivo Varbanov is a leading figure of Bulgarian music and culture abroad. He is a recipient of the Ivan Vazov Award for the popularisation of Bulgarian Culture abroad, and in 2011 he was also awarded the Silver Lion Award from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His performances have been broadcast on Bulgarian National Radio, BBC Radio, France Music and many others. In 2014, alongside his wife Fiammetta Tarli, Ivo started an independent audiophile record label, ICSM Records. Ivo has currently eleven commercial recordings for Hyperion Records, Gega New, BNR, and ICSM Records. His performances include concertos, recitals and chamber music in throughout most of Europe and in the US. Career highlights include multiple performances at the South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Cadogan Hall and St. John’s Smith Square in London, Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, Bulgaria Concert Hall in Sofia, and Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg.