Fiammetta 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, Milan Pala and Ofer Falk (Allegri Quartet), 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 Temáticos’ in Santander, and the Sofia Music Weeks, the main festival in Bulgaria. Her concerts have been broadcast by Italian RAI, and 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 degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures with a musicological profile at the University of Pisa (110/110 cum Laudae) and subsequently 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. For ICSM Records she has firstly recorded the integral of the four-hand Waltzes by Brahms with Ivo (ICSM 001), and a solo programme with works by Schubert, Schumann and Schoenberg (Freedom — ICSM 003). These two recordings 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.+).
Four more recent recordings were published in the Autumn-Winter 2015: Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Rite of Spring for piano four hands in the composer original transcription (Légendes anciennes – ICSM 006) and Brahms’s Sonata Op. 34b and Haydn Variations Op. 56b for two pianos (ICSM 010), both of them performed with Ivo, a twentieth-century flute-and-piano programme with the Italian flutist Daniela Troiani (ICSM 012), and another two-piano programme (ICSM 013) including the world première of a piece especially composed for the duo Tarli-Varbanov by the Argentinian composer Silvina Milstein (King’s College London).