Our name is Duo Fabulae and we are a viola and piano ensemble based in London. We started out as a result of the pandemic, with the aim of launching an online music series at the Sands Films Studio in London. From the very start, our concerts have focused on exploring the narrative side of classical music and creating programmes that speak to us about songs and stories from the past, present and future.

As individual professional musicians, we are prize-winners and perform with presitgious ensembles in the UK and internationally, inluding the Jubilee String Quartet, United Strings of Europe and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. As a duo, we have won first prizes in competitions from Poland, Switzerland and USA and made appearances on Spain’s and Germany’s National Radios.

When we get together, we work to create intimate and immersive experiences for our audiences, leading us to collaborate with other artists and performing in unconvencional settings such as the City Lit in London through the Bloomsbury Festival or the Dijkstra Gallery in Antwerp. In 2023, we were awarded a bursary from the Guildhall School of Music Futures to fund an interdisciplinary project with filmmaker Radu Rojas centred on english composer Frank Bridge and his relationship with the Great World War.

Lorena Cantó, viola

Lorena Cantó is a classical violist based in London. Through her years of musical study, both at the Yehudi Menuhin School (UK) and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, she has played as a soloist and chamber musician in venues such as the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Wigmore hall, as well as appear in BBC 3 “in tune”, Classic Fm and Radio Clásica. As a string quartet player, Lorena was member of the Jubilee String Quartet from 2017 to 2023, with whom she has released two albums for the Rubicon Classics label, a Haydn CD in 2019 and a Schubert CD in 2022. 

Yvain Calvo, piano

Yvain Calvo is a Spanish pianist with an active career both as a soloist and chamber musician. Yvain graduated with the highest praise from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2021 under the tutelage of Peter Bithell and Caroline Palmer. Established in London, Yvain’s achievements include appearances at the Oxford Philharmonic Friend’s Evening, recitals at Milton Court Concert Hall, as well as recording at Abbey Road Studios. As an accompanist he has collaborated in the 2022 Proms at St Jude’s.