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Tour China 2012




VisiSonor will co-produce an extensive tour of the Viola and Piano duo Esra Pehlivanli & Anastasia Safonova in the largest concert halls of China this April 2012. the programme features classics of Viola repertory and works of the early 20th century.


19 -30 April 2012 (selection)

* Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing
* Tianjin Concert Hall, Tianjin
* Yantai Concert Hall, Yantai
* Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Shanghai
* Hangzhou Theater, Hangzhou
* Qingdao Concert Hall, Qingdao


Programmes: F. Schubert, J. Brahms, R. Schumann, J. Rontgen, R. Clarke, M. Glinka



The Viola & Piano duo by Esra PEHLIVANLI and Anastasia SAFONOVA was founded in 2002. Since then the duo has been giving numerous performances in Europe.

PEHLIVANLI (Turkey, 1977) studied with the eminent violist Mikhail Kugel and holds diplomas of Master Degree from the Gent Royal Conservatory in Belgium and the Maastricht Conservatory in the Netherlands, finishing both degrees with the highest distinction.


SAFONOVA (Russia, 1976) began her studies at the age of four at the Moscow’s Gnesins School of Music and one year later presented her first public performance. After her music education in Russia (Gnesins Music College and Gnesins Music Academy) she moved to the Netherlands for further studies and completed her Master Degree at the Maastricht Conservatory and at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Naum Grubert. She is currently working at the Maastricht Conservatory.
Both artists are prize winners as soloists at international music competitions.


Esra PEHLIVANLI has been awarded several prizes such as the Krzyzstof Penderecki International Contemporary Music Competition (Poland), Torneo Internazionale di Musica (Italy) and the first prize in Premio Valentino Bucchi International Viola Competition (Italy), where she obtained a Presidential Medal of Honour. Anastasia SAFONOVA received a diploma at the International Cidade de Porto Competition (Portugal) and appeared as a first prize winner at the Gnessin Competition (Russia), Yamaha Music Competition (Benelux), and Yuori Egorov Foundation Competition (the Netherlands).

The Viola & Piano duo performs a wide variety of music from Baroque up to early XXth century. Most recent concert programs include a fine selection of outstanding masterworks by composers such as Schumann, Brahms, Hindemith, Clarke, Schostakovitch, Schubert, Milhaud, Britten and Rubinstein.