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Wallfisch was born into a family of distinguished musicians, his father the pianist Peter Wallfisch and his mother the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who is one of the last known surviving members of the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz. He studied under teachers including Amaryllis Fleming, Derek Simpson and Gregor Piatigorsky, among others.
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He is a prizewinner at the International Gaspar Cassadó Cello Competition in Florence, Italy. He has been appointed to the faculties of the Konservatorium Zürich Winterthur and the Musikhochschule Mainz.
Wallfisch has recorded on the EMI, Chandos, Black Box, ASV, Naxos and Nimbus labels. He has made CD recordings of almost the entire cello repertoire, including works by Britten, Finzi, Leighton, Shostakovich, Bloch, Ravel, Busch, Schumann, Zemlinsky and Tchaikovsky.
His wife is the Australian Baroque violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch. His sister is the psychotherapist Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch. He has three children, Benjamin (a conductor and Hollywood composer), Simon (baritone and cellist), and Joanna (a vocalist).
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