Described 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.
Increasingly in demand on the international stage, Ashley has performed at many of the world’s finest concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw 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, CBSO, Bournemouth Symphony and under the baton of conductors such as Simon Rattle, Osmo Vanska, Donald Runnicles, Ilan Volkov and Vassily Sinaisky.
He appeared 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. Renowned for an eclectic repertoire, Ashley has received great critical acclaim for his recordings of music across a wide range of styles. 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’.
Ashley is Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, London and is the Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival.
Ashley Wass, September 2014
“This is a project of which we are extremely proud. Chronicling the vivid
imagery of Alice in Wonderland through the medium of music will encourage us all to let our imaginations run wild. Moreover, it should hold huge appeal both to children and adults, and to fans
of the book and to followers of contemporary music. It’s hugely exciting and we are thrilled to have so many wonderful composers involved; that it’s all in aid of a truly wonderful cause makes it very special indeed.”