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Here you will find information about myself and my musical activity as a freelance musician. I am a pianist and I am based in London (Hammersmith-Fulham area), where I often perform.

As you will see in my pics, I live in a family of musicians – my husband Ivo Varbanov is pianist as well; my father can play the piano and the organ very well, and my mother-in-law has been a professional cellist.  And who knows… maybe my son Jacopo (who is now almost four years old) will pick up the trade as well, since it seems to be in our blood.

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00780004Fiammetta Tarli plays regularly in Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary, Spain, Turkey, and the UK, both as a soloist and in different chamber music groups, including pianist Iain Ledingham, violinists Yana Burova and Ofer Falk, and her husband Ivo Varbanov (two pianos – four hands). Highlights of her recent engagements include multiple performances at Cadogan Hall, London, and in various prestigious series such as ‘Brahms Unwrapped’ at the Kings Place (London), ‘Conciertos Tem?ticos’ in Santander, and the Sofia Music Weeks.

In June 2016 she performed in a UK tour promoting her recently founded record label (West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium in Glasgow, Honeywell Music Room in Oxford, St John Smith Square in London, St Georges Bristol, and Wye Valley Music Festival). Her concerts have been broadcast by RAI and Rete Toscana Classica (Italy), Slovak, Bulgarian and Spanish National Radios.

Together with Ivo Varbanov she recently founded Independent Creative Sound and Music (ICSM) Records, a new audiophile record label. She 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 (10/10 cum Laude and Special Award) at the Florence Conservatoire at the age of seventeen. She 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. She participated several times in masterclasses with Alexander Lonquich and Elio Battaglia.

Her keen interests in literature and musicology prompted her to complete her Master of Musicology (MMUS, passed with Distinction) and PhD (with an AHRC scholarship) at King’s College London, while continuing her performing and teaching activity. She has been leading masterclasses at the Music Department of Emanuel School, London, and at the Radom Music School in Poland. Fiammetta’s first two recordings of piano works by Schumann were published by Gega New (Bulgaria) in 2007 and 2013. Her first two recordings for ICSM Records (ICSM 001 with Ivo, and ICSM 003 solo programme) were released in May 2014 with a launch of the label at the Kings Place, London, and received wide acclaim by the international press (International Record Review, Rivista Musica, Fanfare, Observer, Klassisk Musikkmagasin, HI-FI+).

Légendes anciennes (ICSM 006, again with Ivo) was published in the Autumn-Winter 2015, and two more recordings are in course of publication: a two-piano programme by Brahms (ICSM 010), and a twentieth-century programme with the Italian flutist Daniela Troiani (ICSM 012). Her recording projects in the next 2016-2017 season include Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Piano Quintet, a two-piano programme with the world premi?re recording of a piece especially composed for the duo Tarli-Varbanov by the Argentinian composer Silvina Milstein (King’s College London), and a solo recording featuring piano compositions by Ravel, Debussy and Martin Georgiev (world premi?re recording). Her next engagements comprise concerts in the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Italy, and Spain.

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