Biography of Pavri Fali:
Fali Pavri was born in Mumbai, India where he had his first piano lessons with Shanti Seldon. After graduating from St. Xaviers College with a BSc in chemistry, he won a coveted seven-year piano scholarship to the Moscow Conservatoire studying with Prof. Victor Merzhanov. This was followed by a postgraduate course 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. Much in demand, both as a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed and collaborated with many eminent musicians including the Vellinger and Vertavo quartets, the Leopold Trio, Paragon Ensemble, cellist Franz Helmerson, clarinetist Andrew Mariner and composers Rodion Schedrin and Mauricio Kagel. Fali is a member of the Pirasti Piano Trio, and also regularly performs as a duo with his wife, the cellist Naomi Boole-Masterson. He has a successful partnership with the Scottish cellist, Robert Irvine, with whom he recently toured Ireland. He is a regular performer at the Sangat Chamber Music Festival in Mumbai, India and at the St Endellion Festival in Cornwall where he recently played Beethoven’s “Emperor” and the Grieg piano concerto with the conductor Richard Hickox. This summer he performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia at the Scottish Proms with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Franz Xavier Roth. He has recorded two critically acclaimed discs with the cellist Timothy Gill on the Guild label, including the world premieres of two works by the Indian composer, John Mayer. Future recording projects include two cds with Robert Irvine of music by Giles Swain, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. Radio broadcasts include a recording with Rostropovich for All India Radio, the American premiere of “La Trahison Orale” by Mauricio Klagel for CBC and regular performances on BBC Radio 3. Fali combines a busy performing career with teaching at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he is Professor of Piano. He is also an experienced adjudicator at many music festivals and has worked as external examiner at both the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Northern Academy of Music in Manchester. In 2004 he was a member of the jury at the 10th Unisa International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa.