„A brilliant technique coupled with a lean, uncluttered and finely crafted sound that is velvety in the lower registers and exquisitely luminous in the upper; add to that the ease and bravura with which he overcomes the enormous challenges of the piece—violinist Stefan Tarara has it all, in spades. But there’s more: the most remarkable aspect of Mr. Tarara’s playing is his artistic maturity, combining an unerring sense of style with deep musicality. Nothing appears forced or rehearsed—it comes from within.” Mannheimer Morgen
Stefan Tarara was born into a musical family in Heidelberg, Germany in 1986 and made his stage debut at the age of four. After earning his baccalaureate in Heidelberg in 2006, Tarara completed his Diploma (2010), an MA in Specialized Music Performance (2012) and an MA in Pedagogy (2015) in the class of Zakhar Bron at the University of the Arts in Zurich, Switzerland. Due to his successes at international music competitions, Tarara was named Musician of the Year in 2008 and 2010 by the German music journal Neue Musikzeitung. Stefan Tarara is a prize-winner of the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań (2011), Premio Niccolò Paganini and Prague Spring (2010), the Tibor Varga Violin Competition (2008), Valsesia Musica (2006), the Rodolfo Lipizer Violin Competition (2011), the Boris Goldstein Violin Competition (2015) and the George Enescu International Violin Competition in Bucharest (2014). Tarara broadened his artistic potential through encounters with a number of internationally renowned musicians including Zubin Mehta, David Zinman, Krzystof Penderecki, Yair Kless, Yfrah Neaman and Reinhard Göbel. He also received significant artistic impulses from his participation in chamber music projects with, among others, Hariolf Schlichtig, Antoine Tamestit, Kalle Randalu, Martin Ostertag and David Geringas.
He has performed on the world’s most famous concert stages including Philharmonie Berlin, Tonhalle Zurich, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Frauenkirche Dresden and at the Museum of Art in Tel Aviv. His appearances at music festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Salzburger Festspiele, the Verbier Festival, Prague Spring, Bach Festival Leipzig and Heidelberger Frühling have received enthusiastic praise from audiences and critics. Stefan Tarara has a keen interest in contemporary music. In addition to performing numerous premieres, Tarara won the Interpretation Prize for his performance of Massimo Lauricella’s work Kairos at the International Premio Paganini Competition in 2010. From 2010 until 2015, Stefan Tarara served as concertmaster of the Mannheim Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also concertmaster and solo violinist of the Hulencourt Soloists Chamber Orchestra. Since 2016, Tarara is also the concertmaster and a founding member of the Philia Europa Orchestra.
He regularly presents master classes in Germany, Poland and Switzerland. Since 2014, Tarara has been teaching as an assistant to Prof. Zakhar Bron at Interlaken, Switzerland. In 2015, the Tarara Duo released their album “The Sound of the Twenties” with works by Bloch, Ravel and Enescu on the Ars Produktion label. The CD was awarded the klassik.com prize immediately after its release. Tarara plays a violin by Nicolò Gagliano of Naples, thanks to the generous support of the German Music Foundation (Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben).
Lora-Evelin Vakova-Tarara was born 1990 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and began to play the piano at the age of six. In 2008, Lora-Evelin graduated with honours from the Dobrin Petrov National Music Academy. She gave her first public recital at the age of ten. The following year, Lora-Evelin won the national Franz Schubert Competition in Bulgaria. She has won prizes at numerous international music competitions including the Schumann-Brahms and Ohrid Pearls Music Competitions, “Hoffnungen, Talente, Meister”, the Marguerite Meister Music Prize, the Kiwanis Competition, the Swiss Chamber Music Competition, the Swedish Duo Competition and Lausanne Academy. In December 2014 Lora-Evelin won a study prize by Migros Culture Percentage. As a piano accompanist, Lora-Evelin has won prizes at the Swiss Youth Competition in Geneva, at the International Vasco Abadjiev Violin Competition in Sofia in 2011 and at the International George Enescu Violin Competition in Bucharest in 2014.
Lora-Evelin has appeared at numerous international music festivals including Sofia Music Weeks, Bach Festival Leipzig, Adelboden Chamber Music Festival, Toledo Festival, and Paganino Festival. Lora-Evelin graduated with distinction from the University of Arts in Zurich in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in the class of Eckart Heiligers. In 2015, the Tarara Duo released their album “The Sound of the Twenties” with works by Bloch, Ravel and Enescu on the Ars Produktion label. The CD was awarded the klassik.com prize immediately after its release. Translation: Hannes Rox