DUO VIOLIN/PIANO: INUI-VARVARESOS

An irresistible combination, this duo of violinist Noé 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 Noé and Vassilis performed several times in prime venues in the US, Japan and Europe. They just made their very well received and reviewed début 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 Noé 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 Noé performs frequently with orchestras in Germany, Greece, Spain and Japan. 

Latest solo-engagements: Vivaldi’s Vier Jahreszeiten, concerti of Bartók, Mozart (Sinfonia Concertante), Mendelssohn, Brahms (Double concerto) and Tchaikovski; he performed Beethoven Concerto in the Amsterdam Muziektheater, with the ballet ‘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: in 2014 he was awarded the 3rd prize at the prestigious Enescu Competition in Bucharest, the year after that he won the 2nd prize of the Monte Carlo Piano Masters. 

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. He appeared in nearly all main concert venues in the US, such as Carnegie's Weill Hall and Morgan Library in NYC, as well as in Kennedy Center in Washington. In Europe he performed a.o. in Concertgebouw/Amsterdam, Salle Gaveau/Paris, Tonhalle/Zürich and the Wiener Musikverein. 

The year 2017 brings him both solo recitals, numerous soloconcerts with orchestra and appearances at festivals in France, Switzerland, Austria., Rumania and Greece. He recorded 3 CD's, the 4th will be released autumn 2017.

Promotion video Noé 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: Eugène Ysaÿe, Poème Élégiaque
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”.