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Amatis Trio - Biography

Mengjie Han piano
Lea Hausmann violin
Samuel Shepherd cello

The Amatis Trio was founded in Amsterdam 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 in Amsterdam’s Grachtenfestival-Concours, which quickly led to its debut in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Hall – returning in 2018/19 season as ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) Rising Stars artists. Between 2016 and 2018 the Amatis Trio was part of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme. Aside from performances in major concert halls across Europe this exciting young trio has also made recent impressive debuts at the Edinburgh International, BBC Proms and Mecklenberg-Vorpommern festivals.

The Trio’s commitment to new music, to education and collaborative projects and bringing Western music to audiences less exposed has seen tours to Abu Dhabi and India performing in Mumbai’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. In 2020 the Trio has been appointed to the Irene R.Miller Piano Trio Residency at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and in 2019/20 it is Resident Chamber Ensemble at Cambridge University, Homerton College.

Since 2015 the trio has worked intensively with Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio) and Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet). With Menahem Pressler and András Schiff the Trio has worked at the Artists Academy, Verbier.

The Amatis Trio was a prize-winner at the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the 2015 International Parkhouse Competition at the Wigmore Hall, the International Joseph Joachim Competition in Weimar and it was named Dutch Classical Talent in 2015/2016.

Photographs by Margo Borggreve, Foppe Schut, Allard Willemse