Ashley-Wass---photographASHLEY WASS, one of the leading pianists of his generation, joins BATH PHILHARMONIA for a concert performance at the Theatre Royal Bath conducted by Jason Thornton on Sunday 5th May at 3pm.

 

The afternoon concert will feature a programme of popular classics including Nocturne by Alexander Borodin; Serenade for Strings by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; and Piano Concerto No. 2 by Frédéric Chopin.

Described as an ‘endlessly fascinating artist’, Ashley Wass is the only British winner of the London International Piano Competition, prize winner at the Leeds Piano Competition, and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, the Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival, and a Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, London.

 

Bath-Philharmonia-1“A thoroughbred who possesses the enviable gift to turn almost anything he plays into pure gold.”

 

– Gramophone Magazine

 

Highly praised for his live performances, Ashley has appeared at many of the world’s finest concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus.  He has performed as soloist with all of the BBC Orchestras, the Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Lille, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic and RLPO, under the baton of conductors such as Simon Rattle.  In June 2002 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, making his debut in 2008 with Vaughan Williams’ Piano Concerto, and returning in following seasons. Ashley is a frequent guest of international festivals – as far afield as America, Cyprus, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Finland – and in the UK at the City of London, Bath and Cheltenham Music Festivals, playing solo recitals and chamber works.  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. 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’.

 

Bath Philharmonia (Bath Phil) is one of the leading professional orchestras in the South-West and its players are some of the finest and most experienced orchestral musicians in Britain. Annually, the orchestra gives 25 to 30 performances, with a roster of international soloists at a range of prestigious venues. Bath Phil’s artistic team is led by Music Director Jason Thornton with Principal Guest Conductor Peter Donohoe CBE and Associate Conductor Gavin Carr.

 

BATH PHILHARMONIA and pianist ASHLEY WASS perform at the Theatre Royal Bath on Sunday 5th May at 3pm.  Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk