About The Mermaid Trio

About Us:

The Mermaid Trio aims to engage audiences with glorious chamber and salon music written for the delightful combination of Piano, Voice and Clarinet.

Named after a newly discovered showpiece about seductive Mermaids by Peter von Lindtpainer called ‘The Shepherd and the Mermaid’, The Mermaid Trio perform repertoire from concert hall favorites such as Schubert’s ‘Shepherd on the Rock’, Spohr’s ‘6 German Songs’ Op103, and Mozart’s ‘Parto, ma tuo ben mio’ from La Clemenza di Tito, to rarer gems such as excerpts from ‘Frauenliebe und Leben’ and ‘Auf Fluegeln des Gesanges’ by Franz Lachner.

With programming ranging from songs of operatic inclination and great emotion by Spohr, Bellini and Donizetti to evocations of alpine landscape through works by Kalliwoda and Meyerbeer, let The Mermaid Trio take you on a journey….

The Mermaid Trio:

Greek-Australian Soprano, Elena Xanthoudakis has been based in Scotland for nearly a decade, coming back to her family roots in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Elena has performed for prestigious operatic companies such as ENO, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival, Scottish Opera, Opera North and the BBC Proms and sung with many orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, RSNO, OAE, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Melbourne Symphony and the London Philharmonica. A versatile artist, Elena is also at home on the recital platform and is passionate about bringing chamber works written for Piano, Voice and Clarinet to new audiences.

After studying in Melbourne and Florence, Elena completed her Master of Music with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and has won over 80 first prizes in singing compeitions in both Australia and Internationally including the Maria Callas International Grand Prix (Oratorio – Lied), and the Salzburg International Mozart Competition.

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Jennifer Brown was Principal Clarinettist with the Orquestra do Algarve, Portugal, and has freelanced with orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra.
As soloist Jennifer has performed concertos by Mozart, Krommer, Strauss and Mercadante as well as recording the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Winds for the Orquestra do Algarve’s own label.
As a chamber musician Jennifer has performed at the Algarve International Festival and the Aldeburgh Festival, in St-Martin-In-the-Fields Church, and has broadcast on BBC Radio 3. With Trio Ecossaise she has given many recitals for music societies including a tour of venues across Argyll and Bute and performances at Glasgow University and at the Jacqueline du Pre Concert Hall in Oxford.
Jennifer studied at the RNCM in Manchester and at the Music School of Indiana University.

Claire Haslin, piano, is much in demand both as an instrumental and song accompanist. She is the official accompanist for Glasgow University’s music department and tutors and accompanies at the RCS Junior School and the Music School of Douglas Academy. Claire is also a staff repetiteur at Scottish Opera and accompanist for the National Youth Choir of Scotland Training Choir.
Claire studied at the RSAMD and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.