Ofer Falk – Violin
Born in Israel in 1967, Ofer Falk (1st Violin) studied with the legendary pedagogue Ilona Feher in Tel-Aviv and later with Professor Dora Schwarzberg in Vienna.
Awarded annual scholarships by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (1981-1992) for solo and chamber music studies, Ofer has also won numerous prizes in international competitions including the Henryk Szerying special prize (1993) and top prizes in the Tchaikovsky 10th International Competition in Moscow (1994) and Montreal International Violin Competition (1995).
Ofer made his debut performance as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra in February 2003 and was immediately re-invited for subsequent performances. Other UK venues at which Ofer has performed concerti include The Barbican, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room.
Internationally, Ofer has performed as soloist with most of the leading Israeli Orchestras, and has appeared as a soloist and recitalist in major Russian venues such as the Bolshoi and Mali Theatres in Moscow.
His performances have been broadcast on both radio and television including BBC Radio 3, German Radio-Berlin, Israeli Radio and Television, Russian State Radio and Television, Canadian Radio (CBC).
Ofer is an accomplished chamber musician. He was founder member and leader of the Schidlof Quartet (1994-2001) and the Falk Quartet (2001-2003), performing with artists such as Murray Perahia and Jack Brymer. He has recorded three CDs with the Schidlof Quartet (Linn Records) and one with the Falk Quartet (Black Box Label).
Ofer is a professor of Violin at the Trinity College of Music in London, where he also teaches chamber music, and is a member of staff at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He has appeared frequently as guest leader of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Ofer plays on a 1661 violin by Nicolò Amati of Cremona.