HAGAI SHAHAM began to study the violin at the age of six and was the last student of the renowned Ilona Feher. In 1990 Shaham and his duo partner pianist Arnon Erez won First Prize in the Munich International Competition (ARD), the first time in nearly twenty years this prestigious prize had been awarded to a violin-piano duo. Shaham made his London début at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1990 and in Wigmore Hall in 1996, since when he has performed in most of Europe’s most prestigious venues.
ARNON EREZ studied with Arie Vardi, and is a graduate of Tel Aviv University. He undertook advanced studies of chamber music with the Guarneri Quartet in the U.S.A., and currently heads the Chamber Music Department at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University. Erez is highly acclaimed for his sensitivity and virtuosity and is especially noted for his duo partnership with violinist Hagai Shaham. He has performed in numerous major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, New York; Beethoven Halle, Bonn; the New Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and London’s Wigmore Hall.
RAPHAEL WALLFISCH is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage and has recorded nearly every major work for his instrument. Britain’s leading composers have worked closely with Raphael, many having written works especially for him including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kenneth Leighton, James MacMillan, John Metcalf, Paul Patterson, Robert Simpson, Robert Saxton, Roger Smalley, Giles Swayne, John Tavener and Adrian Williams.
"...The recording quality is very good, the sound is clear, and all instruments are well defined...I would endorse this disc for the Schumann, which is interesting and rarely heard. The Mendelssohn trios receive good quality readings ..."
Oleg Ledeniov - MusicWeb-International.com - 27 June 2012
"This is a most distinguished example of chamber music making by a relatively recent ensemble, all of whom are well known to record buyers and concert-goers...
They have chosen the Mendelssohn trios and have chosen wisely... Given excellently balanced recordings, these first class performances are evidence of sensitive and imaginative music-making."
Jonathan Woolf - Musicweb-International.com - 17 May 2012
"...this trio’s perfectly democratic performance ... confirms the disc’s programming as enjoyable as much for its conception as its substance."
Caroline Gill - Gramophone magazine - June 2012