Fali Pavri


Fali Pavri enjoys a busy and varied career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Born in Mumbai, India, where his first teacher was Shanti Seldon, he studied the piano at the Moscow Conservatoire with Professor Victor Merzhanov and at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Christopher Elton.

While still a student, he was invited by the great Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovitch to be his pianist on an extensive concert tour of India. This was followed by his London debut at the Purcell Room and concerts in prestigious venues around the world. He has performed and collaborated with many eminent musicians including the Vertavo quartet, the Leopold Trio, Paragon Ensemble, Scottish Ensemble, clarinetist Andrew Marriner, cellist Franz Helmerson, singers Roderick Williams and Mark Padmore and composer Mauricio Kagel.

Professional highlights

Some concert highlights include concertos at the St. Endellion Festival with Richard Hickox and at the Scottish Proms with the RSNO, Wigmore Hall concerts with cellists Wolfgang Schmidt and Tim Gill, a recital tour of S.Africa with his wife, the cellist, Naomi Pavri and performances at many music festivals including Sangat in India, Langvad in Denmark and Cheltenham and Leamington-Spa in the UK. In June 2009 Fali gave the world premiere of ‘In Memoriam’, a powerful new piece for piano and percussion by the Serbian-American composer Vera Stanojevic. This led to an invitation to be the guest artist at the the 2013 Society of Composers, Incorporated, National Conference in Colombus, Ohio performing three new works by American composers.

Radio broadcasts include regular appearances on BBC Radio 3, where he has played some unusual and challenging repertoire including the Sinding Piano Quintet with the Vertavo Quartet and Alexander Goehr’s “Das Gesetz der Quadrille” with the baritone, Roderick Williams. He has recorded for All-India Radio with Mstislav Rostropovich and for CBC (the North-American premiere of “La Trahison Orale” by Mauricio Kagel).

Research interests

Recent CD releases include two discs of Swiss Piano Concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. With the cellist Timothy Gill, he has recorded two critically acclaimed discs, including world premieres of works by the Indian composer, John Mayer. In 2009 he recorded the song cycle ‘Black Sea’ by the British composer Anthony Bolton, with the tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson. With the cellist Robert Irvine, he has recorded the music of Giles Swayne and of William Sweeney, both for the Delphian label. His CD featuring the music of the Swiss composer Volkmar Andreae was awarded the coveted ‘IRR Outstanding’ accolade by the International Record Review.

Teaching commitments

A committed and sought-after teacher with many international prize-winning students, Fali Pavri is a Professor of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has given masterclasses in many countries around the world including recently in Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Cyprus, India, USA and South Africa, where he was also a jury member at the Unisa International Piano Competition.

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