The award-winning Amatis Piano Trio return to Conway Hall to perform music by Haydn and Shostakovich, and a second half with a twist…
Free entry for under-26s courtesy of Cavatina Chamber Music Trust.
Lea Hausmann (violin)
Samuel Shepherd (cello)
Mengjie Han (piano)
Haydn | Trio XV 27 in C
Shostakovich | Trio No.1 Op.8
The repertoire for the second half of the concert will be chosen by the audience from a list of works which will be available on the evening!
“The Amatis Piano Trio is an outstanding ensemble on their way to establishing a great international career” – Prof. Daniel Hope (Beaux Arts Trio)
The Amatis Piano Trio was founded in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in 2014 by German violinist Lea Hausmann, British cellist Samuel Shepherd and Dutch/Chinese pianist Mengjie Han.
Only weeks after forming, the trio won the audience prize at the Grachtenfestival-Concours in Amsterdam, which quickly lead to a performance at the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and concert engagements throughout the Netherlands. Winners of the 2015 International Parkhouse Competition in Wigmore Hall, the trio went on to win several international prizes and competitions. Most recently they were awarded 2nd prize (1st trio) at the International Joseph Joachim Competition in Weimar, Germany and named part of the Dutch Classical Talent 2016. Amatis Piano Trio has been recently announced as BBC New Generation Artists 2016-2018.
The young, international trio has since emerged as one of the leading piano trios among the new generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the UK, Europe and Asia.
The highlights of this season include several performances at Wigmore Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as concert tours in North America, Hong Kong and China. The trio performs extensively throughout Europe, concertising in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Ireland and Spain. Regular festival appearances include performances at the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Hay Festival UK, Stratford Festival UK, Festival de Monteléon, the Utrecht Chamber Music Festival, Trondheim Chamber Music Festival and the Wimbledon Music Festival.
The Amatis Piano Trio is also committed to contemporary music and thus founded the ‘Dutch Piano Trio Composition Prize’ in 2015, encouraging young composers to further the piano trio repertoire.
Since 2015 they have worked intensively with Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio) and Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) and are currently enrolled in the Piano Trio Master Studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.
The Amatis Piano Trio is part of the European Chamber Music Academy since 2015. Further musical influences include Hatto Beyerle, the Trio Jean Paul, Lukas Hagen, Fabio Bidini, Ilya Grubert, Anner Bylsma, Christian Schuster, Ib Hausmann, Imre Rohmann and Menahem Pressler.
Photo of Amatis Piano Trio © Marco Borggreve