thoroughbred who possesses the enviable gift to turn almost anything he plays
into pure gold’ (Gramophone Magazine)
as an ‘endlessly fascinating artist’, Ashley Wass is firmly established as one
of the leading performers of his generation. He is the only British winner of
the London International Piano Competition, prizewinner at the Leeds Piano Competition,
and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.
in demand on the international stage, Ashley has performed at many of the world’s
finest concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus.
He has performed as soloist with numerous leading ensembles, including all of
the BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Lille, Vienna Chamber
Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, RLPO, and under the baton of conductors such
as Simon Rattle, Osmo Vanska, Donald Runnicles, Ilan Volkov and Vassily Sinaisky.
June 2002 he appeared alongside the likes of Sir Thomas Allen, Mstislav Rostropovich
and Angela Gheorghiu in a gala concert at Buckingham Palace to mark the Golden
Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, a performance broadcast live to millions of viewers
around the world. In recent years he has become a regular guest at the BBC Proms,
making his debut in 2008 with Vaughan Williams’ Piano Concerto, and returning
in following seasons to perform works by Foulds Stravinsky, Antheil, and McCabe.
Renowned for a broad
and eclectic repertoire, Ashley has received great critical acclaim for his recordings
of music from a wide range of styles and eras, with glowing reviews of his interpretations
of composers such as Liszt, Franck, Beethoven and Bridge. His survey of Bax’s
piano music was nominated for a Gramophone Award and his discography boasts a
number of Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ recordings and BBC Music Magazine ‘Choices’.
Much in demand as
a chamber musician, Ashley regularly partners many of the leading artists of his
generation. He is a frequent guest of international festivals such as Pharos (Cyprus),
Bath, Ako (Japan), Cheltenham, Kuhmo, Mecklenburg, Gstaad, City of London, and
Ravinia and Marlboro in the USA, playing solo recitals and chamber works with
musicians such as Mitsuko Uchida, Steven Isserlis, Emmanuel Pahud, Richard Goode
and members of the Guarneri Quartet and Beaux Arts Trio.
Ashley Wass is the Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire International Chamber
Music Festival. The Festival has grown from strength to strength during his tenure,
with sold-out performances of challenging repertoire and broadcasts on BBC Radio
Ashley is currently
a Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, London, and is an Associate
of the Royal Academy of Music.
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