DUO VIOLIN/PIANO: INUI-VARVARESOS

An irresistible combination, this duo of violinist No Inui and pianist Vassilis Varvaresos. Since their first joint rehearsal, in 2012, it immediately was clear that this would not be a cooperation for short term only. It is as if they speak the same language, united as they are during their concerts, which is visible and noticeable until the back rows of the hall! As a duo No and Vassilis performed several times in prime venues in the US, Japan and Europe. They just made their very well received and reviewed dbut in February 2016 in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Their first CD on Navis Classics, featuring Strauss Sonata op.18 and Schumann 2nd Sonata, has had its release in autumn 2015 and received both in Dutch and international papers and music magazines only 4 and 5 stars reviews.

Background musicians:

Greek/Japanese violinist No Inui (1985) is prize winner of various international competitions, such as Young Concert Artists New York, Sibelius /Helsinki (Young Talents’ Prize) and was awarded the top prize (Prix Julius Baer) of the Verbier Festival Academy 2012. As a soloist No performs frequently with orchestras in Germany, Greece, Spain and Japan. 

Latest solo-engagements: Vivaldi’s Vier Jahreszeiten, concerti of Bartk, Mozart (Sinfonia Concertante), Mendelssohn, Brahms (Double concerto) and Tchaikovski; he performed Beethoven Concerto in the Amsterdam Muziektheater, accompanying ‘Shape’, part of ‘Dutch Doubles’ of the National Ballet. 

As a chamber musician he gave recitals in many European countries as well as in the US and Japan. He shared the stage with among others Martha Argerich and Leonidas Kavakos. He recorded several CD's, both solo and with his former piano trio, Carlo van Neste. 

Greek pianist Vassilis Varvaresos (1983) was in 1998 the youngest winner ever of Young Concert Artists in New York, followed by various international prizes: his most recent one in September 2014, having been awarded the 3rd prize at the prestigious Enescu Competition in Bucharest. 

In March 2012 Vassilis had his first solo recital in Carnegie Hall and after that was invited by President Obama to perform at the White House. This “Most Promising Young Greek Artist” is playing both as soloist with orchestras as well as in recitals. 

Among other engagements, autumn 2015 Vassilis has made a solo tour through the US and his debuts in both the Zricher Tonhalle and the Wiener Musikverein. In January 2016 he performed for the 2nd time with a solo recital in Paris/Salle Gaveau.Vassilis has made two solo CD’s.

Promotion video No and Vassilis

Video: Live from Concertgebouw; Schumann 2nd (Grosse) Sonata in d
Video: Live from Concertgebouw: Nikos Skalkottas Petite Suite nr. 1
Video: Live from Concertgebouw: Eugne Ysae, Pome lgiaque
Video: Live from Concertgebouw J. Brahms, 1st Sonata, 2nd mvt, Adagio
Video: Live from Concertgebouw, J. Brahms, 1st Sonata, 3rd mvt., Allegro molto moderato

Video: C. Franck, Sonata for violin and piano in A
Video: C. Franck, Sonata for violin and piano in A, mvt. 2, Allegro

Video: R. Strauss, Opus 18, mvt 3, Vrije Geluiden


Reviews on Concertgebouw debut Feb '16  
''The special feature of the Inui and Varvaresos duo is that they are strictly equivalent as musicians and equally powerful as a personality….''   (
Wenneke Savenije)          
".....
Their playing is intense, powerful and masculine, and their performance catchy and full of fresh energy"..(Klassiek Centraal) .

Review Concert Birmingham/USA, April 2013
On Mozart's Sonata in B flat major: : “….Inui and Varvaresos captured Mozart's musical dialogues, between themes, performing forces and movements. Theirs was lucid, transparent playing entirely in tune with Mozartean ideals.”

On:  Strauss' Sonata in E flat major Op.18: “….Strauss loaded his sonata with many of the same trademarks heard in his operas and tone poems …..Add to those strategies the duo's zero tolerance for throw-away passages; the players invested every phrase with structural and expressive import, integrating each passage deliberately into a grand scheme”.