Hausmusik London was founded in 1986 to perform the chamber repertoire of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and was the first British chamber ensemble to perform Romantic music on period instruments. Since 1989 Hausmusik London has appeared regularly on the BBC, at the Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, as well as in numerous festivals in Britain and on the Continent.
Hausmusik has toured the Mendelssohn and Schubert Octets throughout Europe, scoring notable successes at the Berlin Bachtage and the Festival Escorial (Spain).
Recent tours have taken the group all over England, including to the Aldeburgh Easter Festival, and to the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn as ‘Musical Ambassadors’ of Great Britain in a performance of the Beethoven Septet supported by the British Embassy and the British Council in Germany. In 1997 the ensemble appeared at Brahms and Schubert celebrations at the Wigmore Hall, BBC Proms, Musikfest Bremen, Bath Mozartfest and Cambridge Schubertfest. 1998 included concerts at Prague Spring Festival, Stockholm City of Culture, Berlin Schauspielhaus ‘Goethe-project’, Bath Mozartfest and a tour of the Netherlands.
Hausmusik London has been filmed for BBC television and in 1993 was featured in a seven-programme chamber music series on BBC Radio 3, which was presented by the group’s clarinettist, Antony Pay. The group has also broadcast on German and Flemish radio.
Monica Huggett (violin) is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and is an internationally-known soloist, recording artist and leader/director, receiving acclaim for her concerto performances with leading period-instrument orchestras and her chamber music concerts with Trio Sonnerie. Monica Huggett is director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra (Oregon, USA).
Pavlo Beznosiuk (violin) studied with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music. He is well-known for his work as a concertmaster and soloist, and has travelled all over the world leading such groups as the New London Consort, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and the Academy of Ancient Music. His recordings include Violin Concertos by Vivaldi, all Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti and virtuoso music by Walther and Westhoff.
Roger Chase (viola) is a frequent recitalist, having made his debut as a soloist in the 1987 Proms and as a recording artist performing the solo viola repertoire of Mozart and Britten. He is frequently featured on live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and has played viola solos on several television soundtracks and as a member of Esterhazy Baryton Trio, Nash Ensemble and London Sinfonietta.
Richard Lester (‘cello) was a prize-winner at the Scheveningen International Cello Competition in 1987 and is principal cello and soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, performing with Claudio Abbado in New York, Vienna and Berlin. He has recorded the complete Mendelssohn works for cello and piano (with Susan Tomes), was a member of the piano quartet Domus and is cellist of the Florestan Trio.
Antony Pay (clarinet) studied at the Royal Academy of Music and read mathematics at Cambridge University. He was principal clarinettist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta (of which he was a founding member), and Academy of St.Martin in the Fields, as well as a member of the Nash Ensemble and the Tuckwell Wind Quintet. He now concentrates on solo playing and conducting and has recorded the Spohr and Mozart concertos as well as numerous chamber works.
Jeremy Williams (viola) studied at Wells Cathedral School and the Guildhall School of Music with David Takeno. He was a member of the Delmé String Quartet and the Nash Ensemble, and in 1988 formed the York Piano Trio. He has also appeared as a guest with the Lindsay String Quartet. He is currently principal viola of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
David Watkin (‘cello) studied at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, and was a finalist in the Shell LSO Competition in 1984. He has just recorded his first solo CD for Hyperion and will shortly make his debut recording with pianist Howard Moody for Chandos (Beethoven sonatas). He is principal cello of L’Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique, English Baroque Soloists, and The Academy of Ancient Music.