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Amatis Piano Trio

Lea Hausmann - Violin
Samuel Shepherd - Cello
Mengjie Han - Piano

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logo nga “The Amatis Piano Trio is an outstanding ensemble on their way to establishing a great international career” - Daniel Hope

The career of the Amatis Piano Trio rapidly gained momentum when they won The Parkhouse Award at the London Wigmore Hall in 2015. In 2016 the young musicians of this up-and-coming piano trio could add another trophy to their already impressive list of prizes by ending first out of four competing piano trios in the final round of the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in 2016.

On 29 August, BBC Radio 3 announced the six new musicians from around the globe who have been selected to join its 2016-2018 New Generation Artists scheme: the Amatis Piano Trio among them!

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The Amatis Piano Trio was founded in 2013 by three young musicians of diverse origins sharing a common goal: to discover the wonders of the piano trio repertoire and perform it at the highest level. German violinist Lea Hausmann, British cellist Samuel Shepherd and Dutch/Chinese pianist Mengjie Han met one another on the streets of Amsterdam, after which they soon formed a close-knit ensemble. Since then, they have performed extensively in the Netherlands and abroad. The trio’s repertoire ranges from the Viennese classics to the contemporary avant-garde.

Shorty after it was formed, the Amatis Piano Trio won the audience prize at the renowned Amsterdam Grachtenfestival Competition, which opened the door to numerous concerts at major venues throughout the Netherlands. In 2104, the Amatis Piano Trio was selected as one of the four trios to be admitted to the prestigious Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy (Norway), where they worked with distinguished musicians such as Daniel Hope, Miguel da Silva and Hatto Beyerle.

In 2015 the Amatis Piano Trio was nominated for the Dutch Classical Talent Award, giving them an opportunity to perform at eleven concert halls throughout the Netherlands in January and February of 2016, as well as various radio and television broadcasts. With the support of Stiching De Suite, the Amatis Piano Trio founded the Dutch Piano Trio Composition Prize for young composers. The winning work, Lise Morrison’s South African Portrait, was played during the above tour.

The trio achieved its first major international success in 2015 when they became the youngest finalists ever of the ‘Franz Schubert and Modern Music’ International Competition in Graz, Austria. This brought them an invitation to participate in the Beethoven Masterclass in Bonn, where they worked with Trio Jean Paul.

Shorty afterwards, the Amatis piano Trio won the Parkhouse Award in London, which included concert performances at St. John Smith’s Square and Conway Hall and will culminate in the trio’s début performance at Wigmore Hall on 27 September 2016. This concert will be given an extra festive note due to the BBC Radio 3’s recent announcement that the Amatis Piano Trio was selected to join its 2016-2018 New Generation Artists scheme!

The young musicians of this up-and-coming piano trio recently added another trophy to their list of prizes by being awarded the Second Prize and ending first out of four competing piano trios in the final round of the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition 2016 in Weimar.

Last season’s highlights included concerts at the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Beethoven-Haus Bonn and performances at several prestigious festivals, including the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, the Wimbledon Music Festival (London), Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, the Beethoven Festival Bonn and Janine Jansen’s Utrecht Chamber Music Festival. The trio was also featured at the Pablo Casals Festival in France during the 2015/16 season, as well as the Shaldon Music Festival in the UK.

The Amatis Piano Trio is currently studying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where they are being mentored by renowned musicians such as Lukas Hagen, Rainer Schmidt, Wolfgang Redik and Imre Rohmann. They have also participated in masterclasses by Menahem Pressler, Anner Bylsma, Daniel Hope, Ib Hausmann and Fabio Bidini. The trio has been part of the European Chamber Music Academy since 2015.

Programmes

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Programme I
Beethoven: Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 “Ghost”
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8
Suk: Elegie, Op. 23
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49
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Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8

Programme II
"Hollywood Heights"
Korngold: Piano Trio in D major, Op. 1
Bernstein: Piano Trio
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

Programme III
"Folk Tales"
Haydn: Piano Trio G Major, XV:25 ‘Gypsy’
Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 ‘Dumky’
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor

Programme IV
"Impressionism"
Debussy: Suite bergamasque for piano solo
Debussy: Sonata for cello and piano
Debussy: Sonata for violin and piano
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor

Programme V
Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major. Op. 100
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

Programme VI
Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 100
Hausmann: "Birdy" for clarinet solo
Hindemith: Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
with Ib Hausmann, clarinet

Programme VII
"Timeless"
Messiaen: Vocalise étude for clarinet and piano
Liszt: Tristia - La Vallée d'Obermann, arranged for violin, cello and piano
Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
with Ib Hausmann, clarinet

Programme VIII
"Clouds"
Liszt: Nuages Gris for piano solo
Honegger: Sonatina for clarinet and piano
Szymanowski: 'Mythes' for violin and piano, Op. 30
Boulanger: 'Trois Pièces' for cello and piano
Liszt: Nuages Gris for piano solo
Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
with Ib Hausmann, clarinet