Lesley Schatzberger has been at the forefront of historical instrument performance since her student days, whilst also remaining active in a broad range of music making. After studying at the junior department of the Royal Manchester College of Music, she went on to the University of York, and then to the Royal Academy of Music, where her teacher was Alan Hacker. Soon afterwards she took part in pioneering performances of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven on period instruments, which led to her appointment as principal clarinet with Roger Norrington's London Classical Players and then also in John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. In addition, she has played regularly with Christopher Hogwood's Academy of Ancient Music, with which she has also appeared as concerto soloist. Guest appearances with orchestras in Europe and the United States have been a feature, and she has recorded and toured extensively with Stockhausen's chamber ensemble.
Other solo and chamber recordings include Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, his Quintet 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. She was made an honorary Doctor of the University of York in 2006.
Lesley's time is now divided between her playing and the running of Jessie's Fund. The charity was established in memory of her daughter, Jessica, who died at the age of nine - having been diagnosed with a brain stem tumour just a few weeks after the arrival of the Ottensteiner/Tutz clarinet.
Recording of the Month: "This is a challenging disc for all the right reasons."more >>Pizzicato (German)
An outstanding review from the German publicationmore >>Mid-Sussex Citizen
Fascinating musical fare.more >>MU Magazine
this is a beautiful and indispensable recordingmore >>Ensemble
Eine in samtener Mehrkanalräumlichkeit - die Klarinette ist geschwisterlich in den Streicherklang eingebettet-wunderschöne und enentbehrliche Aufnahme!more >>Fanfare US
Everything about this reading is so beautifully shaded and perfectly balanced ...more >>Clarinet & Saxophone
An interesting and thrilling album.more >>Gramophone
A fascinating and attractive performancemore >>BBC Music Magazine
Five out of five for both performance and sound from the BBC Music Magazinemore >>MusicWeb
"This is a challenging disc for all the right reasons..."more >>The Herald
...so creamy you will melt away.more >>Atlanta Audio Society
A "vibrant" recordingmore >>Audiophile Audition
'This music pulses with the ferment of eternal youth.'more >>International Record Review
A historically informed performance with a remarkable range of colours. Recommended.more >>