Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch
“… 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
Violin Hagai Shaham
Cello Raphael Wallfisch
Piano Arnon Erez
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, Sao Paulo Symphony, American Symphony (at Carnegie Hall), SWF Symphony, BBC Scottish, 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. He has eleven recordings for Hyperion alongside further discs for Chandos, EMI and Naxos.
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, Indianoplis 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 has performed, broadcasted and recorded widely throughout Europe, Canada and Israel including concerts in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, France and Spain. Amongst other recitals the trio enjoys performing regularly at the Wigmore Hall, London and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. 2018 will see the Trio return to Israel, United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands. They look forward to recording and playing three performances of the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Orchestra of the Swan and to commencing their position as Trio-in-Residence at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
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, a disc of Russian repertoire, all the Brahms piano trios and the Brahms Double Concerto with the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie. Their fifth disc of Schumann, Dvorak and Grieg was released in January 2018
Biography valid to July 2018
“It flows out of them unimpeded, as if balancing a piano trio were the easiest thing in the world…Wallfisch’s cello seems virtually an extension of himself as he blends into vivid musical conversations…there’s feeling at all times…a genuine eloquence….utterly luminous"
The Arts Desk, Jessica Duchen, January 2016
“… with this concert the Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch ensured that they will no longer be considered a well kept secret ... ease, temperament and a refined sound […] were captured and displayed by these musicians with technical brilliance, with a great awareness of shape, with absolutely gorgeous precision and in particular through highly sensitive interaction… The trio was given a huge ovation which they responded to with an encore of Mendelssohn's scherzo [from the opus 49 trio], played with a magical lightness.”
"This fine trio plays with purpose and clarity… masterful performances of Fauré and Ravel… such is the entente between the players and their understanding of Fauré elliptical syntax. Arnon Erez's clean piano playing is a great help throughout, allowing us to hear the lines and not confusing the ear with any impressionist mush... The recording is excellent, with Raphael Wallfisch's pianissimos to die for."
BBC Music Magazine - Choice of the Month
“… 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.”
“… Here at last we have an ensemble consisting of three Stars who, when together as a trio, still make a gorgeous impression. It's pure bliss to listen to these three musicians...Here, every single player is allowed to radiate brilliance and yet, at the same time, each player knows how to hold back, in total support of the music and its interpretation… This recording is a blessing because it brings back some old virtues, like the art of listening to each other, the art of breathing together and the art of taking the time for interpretational concepts, for the right swing, which then seems to be carrying the musicians together on a wave…"
THE-LISTENER.DE, Rainer Aschemeier
“…Throughout the score they bring ample fire and excitement at the appropriate moments, and part of the finale reaches a white-heat intensity in an account that sings of love and passion… these players bring a spontaneity that captures the lyrical fervour of the work’s outer movements, and the Andante espressivo moves with more urgency than we normally hear.”
"..the Shaham Erez Wallfisch’s performance of Dvořák’s Dumky Trio is an utter delight – one of the best on record, in fact, which is saying a lot. Throughout, they have fun with the music and make the most of its soulfulness while always maintaining a tight rhythmic and structural grip. Listen to how they pounce on the down-beats of the first movement’s Allegro, allowing them to spring joyously from phrase to phrase. The dotted rhythms in the second dumka have an articulate expressivity that’s almost like speech, while the third deftly balances earthiness and delicacy. And in the finale, there’s light- hearted ferocity that, heard in concert, would surely bring down the house."
Gramophone, February 2018