Thursday 4 January 2.00 pm
The Amabile Trio
Lesley Schatzberger (clarinet)
Nicola Tait Baxter (cello)
Paul Nicholson (piano)
Farrenc: Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in E flat Op 44 (28')
Andante - Allegro / Adagio / Minuetto / Allegro
Brahms : Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor Op 114 (25')
Allegro / Adagio / Andantino / Allegro
Lesley Schatzberger has spent much of her career as principal clarinet with the English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre R é volutionnaire et Romantique. She was also a member of Stockhausen ' s chamber group, taking part in many performances and recordings with him. Chamber music recordings include the clarinet quintets by Mozart and Brahms, Mozart ' s quintet for clarinet, basset horn and strings, the two Konzertst ücke for clarinet, basset horn and piano by Mendelssohn, Schubert ' s Shepherd on the Rock , and Spohr ' s Six German Songs. Lesley teaches at the University of York, by which she was awarded an honorary doctorate. She has also been awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Northern College of Music.
Nicola Tait Baxter studied at the RAM, winning prizes for solo and chamber music, and graduating with first-class honours. At 24 she gave her first solo broadcast for Radio 3 and joined the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra. For 5 years she was cellist in the renowned Fitzwilliam String Quartet, performing and giving masterclasses throughout Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa. As soloist, she performs most of the major ‘ cello concertos and has given concerts of the complete solo suites by Bach in festivals in Europe and the USA. Nicola is also a rather active chamber music player, regularly performing with her pianist Mina Miletic, Amabile Clarinet Trio, Kucharsky Quartet and the Bochmann Trio.
Paul Nicholson ' s musical career has ranged from employment at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies - where he coached and accompanied alongside its co-founder, Peter Pears - to solo performance, and recording and directing with groups such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. His recordings for Hyperion have included Handel ' s Organ Concertos (directed by Roy Goodman), and his Eight Harpsichord Suites of 1720 - this has been the reviewer ' s choice in BBC Radio 3 ' s ‘ Building a Library ' . He is also an Anglican Priest – now retired from parish ministry – and is increasingly returning to chamber music with piano.
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