Annabelle Lawson has established herself as a pianist and chamber musician who exudes subtlety and vivacity in equal measure. She has performed widely, in venues including the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Kings Place, as well as broadcasting for BBC Radio 3, ClassicFM and national Australian radio. She is a passionate advocate of both new and obscure repertoire, having commissioned and premiered a large number of works with the Lawson Trio and recently recorded a disc of solo and piano trio repertoire by Gordon Crosse, for Prima Facie Records.
Having performed in the last few years as concerto soloist with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra in Germany, played trios in a French château, worked as a cabaret artist on ships in the Far East, played ‘Carnival of the Animals’ with kangaroo-impersonating dancers from Ballet Rambert and, last but not least, worn an Octopus Hat on stage for Wigmore Learning – her career is notable for its variety and versatility.
She enjoys a distinguished career as a music educator. She taught piano and chamber music at Junior Royal Academy of Music for eleven years and is currently a Main Panel Examiner for the ABRSM, as well as working as an accompanist on both the undergraduate and postgraduate performance courses at Sheffield University. For the past few Summers she has been invited to join the distinguished panel of teachers at the internationally acclaimed Piano Week at Moreton Hall, as well as guest lecturing at the Amy Yuan Academy, held at Harrow School. She is also the Artistic Director of Chamber Music 2000, for whom she has organised and hosted numerous education workshops and inter-school showcase concerts, in venues including the Purcell Room, Menuhin Hall and Howard Assembly Rooms.
Since 2017/18 Annabelle has curated 'in:spire with' - her own chamber music series in Sheffield’s city centre. As part of this Series she has performed duo recitals with artists including Manchester Collective’s Rakhi Singh (violin), Ensemble 360’s Ruth Gibson (viola) and Naomi Atherton (French horn). In 2015/16, Annabelle also ran a concert series for the West Essex branch of the hugely successful Bach to Baby enterprise. This involved organising, hosting and performing in four concerts a month, aimed at babies, toddlers and their families. She now enjoys participating regularly in the Concerteenies series for babies and toddlers in Sheffield.
Annabelle studied piano as a child at Chetham’s School of Music, before reading music at King’s College, Cambridge. After completing her BA she undertook a one-year BMus, for which she gained a Distinction, during which time she researched the social role of the Argentine tango in Paris in the years preceding World War One. She then pursued postgraduate tuition in chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music, who went on to award her piano trio a two-year Junior Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship. Annabelle’s teachers have included her father, Peter Lawson, Ronan O’Hora and Philip Fowke.
Annabelle currently lives in Sheffield, with her partner and two young sons. She has very little free time(!), but when she does get time to herself, she loves practising yoga and baking. Annabelle also holds a postgraduate-level qualification in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Minster Centre, London and is fascinated by the role music plays in keeping us happy and healthy.