Ivo Varbanov is a leading figure of Bulgarian music and culture abroad. He started to play the piano at the age of 6 with Eleonora Karamisheva. After that he studied with Riccardo Bertazzolo, Ylonka Deckers, Sulamita Aronowsky, Frank Wibaut and was inspired in masterclasses by great artists and teachers such as Alexander Lonquich, Barry Douglas and Lev Naumov. His has a rich discography and in 2014 with his wife Fiammetta Tarli, Ivo started an independent audiophile record label, ICSM Records. His performances include concertos, recitals and chamber music all over the world. In the last two seasons he has been partnering in chamber music concerts with a lot of great performers, including his wife Fiammetta Tarli. He is a recipient of the Ivan Vazov Award for the popularisation of Bulgarian Culture abroad, and in 2011 he was also awarded the Silver Lion Award from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The pianist Fiammetta Tarli started studying piano at the age of five with Giampiero Semeraro in Pisa, her hometown, and gave her first concert at nine. She took her diploma in Piano Performance and Music Studies at the Florence Conservatoire and specialised in solo repertoire with Maria Tipo, Lydia Rocchetti Pezzati and Ilonka Deckers, and in vocal and instrumental chamber music with Iain Ledingham at Royal Academy of Music, London. Her keen interests in literature and musicology prompted her to complete her Master of Musicology and PhD at King’s College London, while continuing her performing and teaching activity. Tarli plays regularly in Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary, Spain, Turkey, and the UK, both as a soloist and in different chamber music groups, collaborating with performers like pianist Iain Ledingham, violinists Yana Burova and Ofer Falk, and her husband Ivo Varbanov.
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Liebeslieder, Op. 52
Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, op. 65
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Ballet „The Rite of Spring“ piano 4 hands