Peggy Richardson Piano Masterclass 22/01/19

This year's piano masterclass is with Ashley Wass, international concert pianist, competition winner and now Deputy Head of Keyboard at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. 

He will be working with a handful of the best performers from the day’s Piano Prizes, offering high-level insights into how to develop and polish their performances still further. There will be a 20 minute interval with drinks and canapés in the GCR.

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Ashley Wass shot to international fame in the late 1990s as (still) the only British winner of the London International Piano Competition and a finalist in the Leeds.  He trained at Chetham’s and on a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music.  He was the first solo artist to obtain an exclusive recording contract with Naxos and is a former BBC New Generation Artist.  He has performed at many of the world’s finest concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus and appears regularly as soloist with all of the BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Lille, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and many others.

Much in demand as a chamber musician, Ashley 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, Sarah Chang, Steven Isserlis, Emmanuel Pahud, Maxim Rysanov, Richard Goode and members of the Guarneri Quartet and Beaux Arts Trio.

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’.

Alongside his work as soloist and chamber musician, he is co-founder of Mash Productions, was Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival for eleven years and is Deputy Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.