About The Mermaid Trio

About The Mermaid Trio

The Mermaid Trio was created to share the beautiful chamber and salon music written for the delightful combination of Piano, Voice and Clarinet to audiences, to love as much as we do.

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….

Learn more about our artists – The Mermaid Trio:

Jennifer Brown:

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.

Elena Xanthoudakis:

Greek-Australian Soprano, Elena Xanthoudakis has been based in Scotland for over fifteen years, 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.

In 2022, Elena performed Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for Scottish Opera in Aberdeen and Inverness and a new role in Mimma the Musical with the BBC Concert Orchestra and concerts with the Ukrainian Cultural Association raising money for Hospitals in Ukraine.

A versatile artist, Elena is also at home in concert and recital and has performed in Japan, Hong- Kong, St Petersburg, Montreal, and Quebec-City, in Germany, the U.S and throughout Australia, the UK, Ireland, and Italy.

Elena is passionate about bringing chamber works written for Piano, Voice and Clarinet to new audiences, researching lost works with her Brother, Clarinetist, Jason Xanthoudakis and their Trio TrioKROMA – released on MOVE records ‘The Shepherd and the Mermaid’ and ‘The Captive Nightingale’ on Signum Records.

After studying in Melbourne and Florence, Elena completed her second Master of Music with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and has won numerous prizes in singing competitions in both Australia and Internationally including the Maria Callas International Grand Prix (Oratorio – Lied), the Salzburg International Mozart Competition, was a multi-laureate in Jeunesse Musicales – Voix, in Canada, and Third prizewinner in Operalia. To learn more, check out Elena’s website: www.elenaxan.com

Claire Haslin:

Claire Haslin comes from Glasgow, where she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Jean Hutchison. There she won prizes for Solo and Chamber music, including the Peter Morrison Prize for All Round Excellence and represented the Academy in recital tours of Iceland and Russia. Claire then completed the Advanced Solo Studies course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Paul Roberts, and whilst there was chosen to represent the college in the Paxos Chamber Music Festival. In 1997, she won the prestigious Sir Henry Richardson Award for piano accompaniment, and she has subsequently performed throughout Britain and Europe, including at the Purcell Room (London), the Edinburgh Festival, the Montalcino Festival in Italy and the Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh).

Claire is very active both as an instrumental and song accompanist encompassing a wide variety of music, from accompanying Ann Murray at the Vivartes Festival in Surrey and Christine Cairns at an Opera Gala in Ayr, to touring Switzerland with a group of cabaret singers and playing chamber music recitals for music societies throughout Scotland. She is a staff repetiteur at Scottish Opera, a Crear Scholar, and holds accompaniment and teaching posts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow University music department, and the music school of Douglas Academy, as well as accompanying the NYCoS Training Choir.