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Ashley Wass

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Described by Gramophone Magazine as a ‘thoroughbred who possesses the enviable gift to turn almost anything he plays into pure gold’, Ashley Wass is firmly established as one of the leading performers of his generation. Only the second British pianist in 20 years to reach the finals of the Leeds Piano Competition (2000), he is also the only British pianist to have won First Prize at the London International Piano Competition (1997). He appeared in the ‘Rising Stars’ series at the 2001 Ravinia Festival and is also a former BBC New Generation Artist. He made his BBC Prom debut with the BBC Philharmonic in August 2008.

His recording of Beethoven 3rd Piano Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic was issued as a BBC Music Magazine cover CD and his performance of BRAHMS 1st Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales was voted “Best of 2004 - BBC Radio 3 Performance”. He made his debut recording in 1999 with a solo recital disc of works by César Franck for Naxos. Diapason commented: ‘The quality and height of inspiration of his playing makes this disc a revelation.’ Ashley’s recent surveys of piano music by Frank Bridge and Arnold Bax have been heralded as ‘remarkable’ and ‘the yardstick against which all future recordings will be judged’. Selected as an ‘Editor’s Choice’ CD in Gramophone and later nominated in the ‘Best Instrumental Disc’ category of the Gramophone Awards, Volume One of his Bax series was hailed as ‘without a shadow of a doubt the best recorded and best played Bax piano CD to come before the public’, while Volume Two is described as ‘unmissable at any price’. He has also recorded Frédéric Chopin for an EMI disc ‘In Tune with the Piano’.

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  • LegoLibertarian

    Highly enjoyable pianist. BAX: Piano Works, Vol. 3 on the Naxos label should be essential listening for any fans of Arnold Bax, Wass, or classical piano in general. They really do set a high standard!

    10 Jul 2009 Reply

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