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. In  2016 they made their publicly and critically acclaimed dbut in a sold-out Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In The Netherlands they performed a.o. in The Hague (Diligentia and Nieuwe Kerk), in Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Haarlem Philharmonie and the Vereeniging/ Nijmegen.

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 nothing but 4 and 5* reviews. Together with cellist Benedict Kloeckner, No and Vassilis play together in piano trio Trio Bell’Arte.

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, Belgium, Holland, Greece, Spain and Japan. As a chamber musician he gave recitals in many European countries as well as in the US and Japan. In The Netherlands He shared the stage with among others Martha Argerich and Leonidas Kavakos.
He recorded several CD's, both solo and with his former 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 ones at the prestigious Enescu Competition/Bucharest and 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. This “Most Promising Young Greek Artist” is playing both as soloist with orchestras as well as in recitals in venues like Salle Gaveau/Paris, Tonhalle Zrich and the Wiener Musikverein.
Vassilis has recorded 3 CD’s, one solo-cd, one with violinist No Inui and one with baritone Dimitris Tiliakos ‘Winterreise’; the 4th one containing various ‘Valses’ will be released in May 2018.

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”.