Biography

Hagai Shaham violin
Arnon Erez piano
Raphael Wallfisch cello

… utterly moving, as a result of a truly great modesty which cannot be replaced by simplicity or unpretentiousness; a modesty without any sentimentality. The musicians know, with minute precision, how to guard the boundary between the intimacy of chamber music and the sweeping grandeur of a large-scale concert, only achievable by artists whose capacities and experience are on an equally high level”  Fonoforum

Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch was founded in 2009 and comprises three of the finest international instrumentalists performing today. As a soloist Hagai Shaham has performed with the world’s leading orchestras, including the English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Belgian National Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, RTE Symphony Orchestra and the Taipei, Singapore and Shanghai orchestras. In September 1990, Hagai Shaham and his duo partner, Arnon Erez, won the first prize at the ARD International Music operation in Munich in the Violin-Piano duo category leading to highly acclaimed recitals throughout the world and a duo partnership which continues to this day.

Born in 1965, Arnon Erez is one of Israel’s leading pianists and an outstanding chamber musician. He has won several international competitions, including first prize at the Francois Shapira competition and has performed in major festivals and concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall, New York; Beethoven Halle, Bonn; Alte Oper, Frankfurt; Herkulessall, Munich; Musikverein, Vienna; the New Auditorium du Louvre in Paris; and London’s Wigmore Hall. As a soloist he has performed with many orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the SWF Symphony Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and the Banff Festival Orchestra. He has given many recitals and recorded for radio and television in Germany, Austria, Holland, Israel, Turkey, Mexico and France.

Raphael Wallfisch was born in London into a family of distinguished musicians, his mother the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and his father the pianist Peter Wallfisch.  At the age of twenty-four he won the Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition in Florence.  Since then he has enjoyed a worldwide career playing with the world’s greatest orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Halle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and many others. He is regularly invited to play at major festivals such as the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Spoleto, Prades, Oslo and Schleswig Holstein. With a discography of over 70 discs on EMI, Chandos, Black Box, ASV, Naxos and Nimbus Raphael Wallfisch is one of the most recorded classical artists in the world.

Playing chamber music together at the Pablo Casals Prades Festival Hagai Shaham and Raphael Wallfisch recognised an immediate musical synergy. Arnon Erez joined them for trio concerts in Lucerne and the Netherlands later that year and the Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch was established. Since 2009 the Trio have performed, broadcast and recorded widely throughout Europe and Israel. The 14/15 season saw the trio touring the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, France, Israel, Spain and returning to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam for two concerts. Amongst other recitals, the trio will perform at the Wigmore Hall in January 2016, give concerts in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland and Canada followed by further performances at the Concertgebouw and a return to the Wigmore Hall.

Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch enjoys a longstanding relationship with Nimbus Records with whom to date they have recorded the Mendelssohn piano trios, a disc of French repertoire, one of Russian repertoire and an all-Brahms 2CD including the Double Concerto with the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie. The next recording is expected to be released in the autumn of 2017.

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).

Links to live recordings are available on YouTube

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