Lesley Schatzberger

Lesley Schatzberger studied at the University of York, and then with Alan Hacker as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. She has been principal clarinet with the London Classical Players, the English Baroque Soloists, Academy of Ancient Music, and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, touring many times in Europe, the United States, and the Far East. She was also a member of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s chamber group, based in Cologne.

As well being involved in hundreds of recordings with the groups already mentioned, chamber music discs include the clarinet quintets by Mozart and Brahms, Mozart’s for clarinet, basset horn and strings, the Gran Partita, K361, the two Konzertstücke 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 and at the Royal Northern College of Music. She also runs Jessie’s Fund (jessiesfund.org.uk), the charity which helps seriously ill and disabled children through the use of music as a form of communication. The charity was established in memory of her daughter, Jessica, who died at the age of nine. In 2006 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of York.

…… a triumph: the most revelatory version of the piece [Brahms clarinet quintet] I’ve heard in years; animated, dynamic, passionate…I have no hesitation in naming this the new benchmark…”

BBC Music Magazine

‘There is some beautiful playing by Lesley Schatzberger of a clarinet that sails cleanly through the textures with a delightfully woody resonance.