Our new series “Spotlight” introduces both long-term collaborators and newly acquired companions, having launched last month with the Esmé Quartet.
Today, we present another chamber music ensemble which has won broad international renown: the Amatis Trio!
Founded in Amsterdam in 2014 and now based in Salzburg, this piano trio is considered one of the leading ensembles of this formation, and already looks back on an illustrious and extremely successful career. The German violinist Lea Hausmann, British cellist Samuel Shepherd and Rumanian pianist Andrei Gologan regularly manage to stun audiences and reviewers alike with remarkable programming, artistic excellence and a multi-faceted, rich sonority.
Internationally sought-after, the Amatis Trio has given concerts in 43 countries on five continents and has won numerous international competitions and prizes. Thus, the ensemble was part of the BBC New Generation Artists and named an ECHO Rising Star, while also winning prizes at the international chamber music competitions in Melbourne, Vienna and Weimar. Most recently, they received two of the most important international music awards: the Kersjesprijs in the Netherlands and the Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship Prize in Great Britain. There, the three musicians have also enjoyed a residency at the prestigious Cambridge University, as they do at the University of Toronto in Canada, as part of the Irene R. Miller Piano Trio Residency.
In addition to its chamber music activities on the great stages of the musical world, such as London’s Wigmore Hall, the Philharmonies in Cologne, Paris and Berlin, L’Auditori in Barcelona and Vienna’s Konzerthaus, the Trio performs as soloists with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the BBC Wales Orchestra and Frankfurt’s Museum Orchestra.
Highlights of the upcoming season include concerts at the Philharmonie in Cologne, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, London’s Wigmore Hall, an appearance with Daniel Hope at Dresden’s Frauenkirche, guest appearances in Switzerland, Italy and Great Britain as well as extended concert tours of the USA and Sweden.
In addition, they will be starting a new collaboration with none less than Thomas Quasthoff, exploring Franz Kafka’s Hunger Artist and music of the Second Viennese School about the vagaries of an artist’s life. Further information on this programme – as fascinating as it is topical – can be found here.
We certainly look forward to many further highlights with this outstanding piano trio, and are proud and grateful that the Amatis Trio is one of the founding ensembles of our new chamber music department!