Amatis Piano Trio
The Amatis Piano 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 at the Grachtenfestival-Concours in Amsterdam, which quickly lead to their debut at Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam. 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 at the International Joseph Joachim Competition in Weimar, Germany, named Dutch Classical Talent 2016 and BBC New Generation Artists 2016-2018.
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 the Amatis Piano Trio have worked intensively with Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio) and Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) and the trio is currently enrolled in the Piano Trio Master Studies at the Mozarteum University Salzburg. The 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.