Described as ‘London’s best kept secret’, string duo Fran & Flora is one of the most innovative emerging ensembles in the UK. Their outstanding musicianship combined with compelling arrangements and ‘fiercely passionate’ performances (Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3s Late Junction DJ) have led them to be selected as BBC Music Introducing Artists 2018 and brought them rave reviews.
Violinist Flora Curzon and folk/experimental cellist Francesca Ter-Berg captivate their audiences with exquisite, soulful tunes from across Eastern Europe which they have studied with many great masters of the Klezmer and Roma traditions. Delicately navigating the question of authenticity the duo have spent years developing a sound which is simultaneously reverent to the traditions they have been studying and deeply personal.
“That playing that has the kind of quality that you couldn’t fake or acquire in a hurry.” Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music.
Fran & Flora embarked on this musical journey together following many years collaborating with groundbreaking artists including Talvin Singh (Mercury Prize Winner), Sam Lee & Friends (BBC Folk Award winner), Hejira, Dunajska Kapelye, the London Klezmer Quartet, Cosmo Sheldrake and Frank London(Klezmatics, US).
Their debut album will be released in early 2019.
Reviews & Testimonials
"Outstanding" - Talvin Singh OBE
"Truly Unique" - Fire in The Mountain Festival
"good to see people enjoying themselves isn’t it…great energy!" - Nick Luscombe, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction
"virtuoso string duo...that playing has the kind of quality that you couldn’t fake or acquire in a hurry - proper lived in playing" - Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6 Music
"Fiercely passionate, London’s Best Kept Secret...A string duo bound for glory...Strange and Unearthly Beauty of Klezmer inflected cello & fiddle duo Fran & Flora's calm and tranquil virtuosity blew us all away!" - Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction
"Fran & Flora gave an intimate and captivating performance to a sold-out crowd. From start to finish the audience were engaged with their presence, humour and music. It was evident the two are deeply connected to the music they perform and the unique twist on the traditional tunes was the creative interplay and relationship between Fran and Flora. We look forward to having them back again!" - Risa at The Green Note, Camden
"Fran & Flora both share a vivacious and infectious enthusiasm for the world of music, an enthusiasm which is not wedded to any particular tradition but instead stems from a fundamental interest in human expression. Together they make music which is nothing short of magical, borne of true friendship, shared experience, mutual trust, and a willingness to surrender in performance through listening ." - Sam Beste, Hejira & Lima Limo Records
"Dazzling virtuosity combined with an expertly informed knowledge of Eastern European folk traditions come together effortlessly in this joyous partnership between violinist Flora Curzon and cellist Francesca Ter-Berg." - Darkly Artful, Jamboree