Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch (Piano Trio)
Hagai Shaham, Violin
Arnon Erez, Piano
Raphael Wallfisch, Cello
Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch was founded in 2009 and comprises three of the finest international instrumentalists performing today. 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, giving concerts in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, Israel and Spain. They perform regularly at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a.o. with a series of concerts in November 2018. Similarly, they have been chosen by the Wigmore Hall to present the complete Beethoven Piano Trios in 2020, Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year.
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, an all-Brahms 2CD including the Double Concerto with the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, and as most recent release a CD of trios by Schumann, Dvorák and Grieg.
As a soloist Hagai Shaham has performed with the world’s leading orchestras, including the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic to name a few. In September 1990, Hagai Shaham and his duo partner, Arnon Erez, won the first prize at the ARD International Music Competition 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.
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, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Herkulessaal Munich, Musikverein Vienna, the New Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, and London’s Wigmore Hall.
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 and 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.