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Ashley Wass

Biography

Born: 1977; Lincolnshire, England  
Though he possesses a vast and varied repertory, virtuoso pianist Ashley Wass has been most closely associated with the keyboard outputs of Arnold Bax, William Alwyn, Frank Bridge, and Edward Elgar, four English composers not usually associated with piano music. Wass has recorded more than a half-dozen discs devoted to Bax, including sonatas for violin and piano, as well as music for two pianos, and he has made three discs of Bridge works, taking Read more in both solo pieces and music for piano trio. But Wass is not necessarily partial to music by his countrymen; he's only performed one English concerto, the Britten. Moreover, he plays an array works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Franck, André Messager, and many others. Wass regularly performs chamber music in a group he founded, the Denali Trio. Since the late '90s he has amassed a substantial recorded output of more than 20 albums, mostly available on Naxos, with scattered efforts on EMI, Hyperion, and Kultur Video.

Ashley Wass was born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1977. He began playing the piano at five, and studied music at Chethams Music School from age 11. In his teens he studied on scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where his teachers included Christopher Elton and Hamish Milne. Wass later studied with Murray Perahia.

Wass' watershed moment came in 1997 when he won the World Piano Competition in London, a victory that led to a recording contract with Naxos, making him the first solo artist to obtain an exclusive deal with the label. His first recording was a highly praised CD of César Franck piano music, released in 1999. Wass has since made more than a dozen recordings for Naxos, with more to follow.

In 2002 Wass gave what was probably his most high-profile performance when he appeared in a Buckingham Palace gala concert to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee, an event broadcast to millions of viewers. The following year Wass founded the Denali Trio, serving as pianist in the group, with violinist Jesse Mills and cellist Sarah Carter. In 2004 Naxos released the first of Wass' discs devoted to the music of Bax, a CD containing Sonatas No. 1 and No. 2 and other works. That same year Wass and the Denali Trio launched their debut tour of Great Britain, achieving consistent critical acclaim. Wass' later recordings include the Bax Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra and Concertante for Left Hand. Read less
Bax: Piano Sonatas No 1&2, Burlesque, Etc / Ashley Wass
Release Date: 09/21/2004   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557439   Number of Discs: 1
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Liszt: Complete Piano Music, Vol 32 / Ashley Wass
Release Date: 09/28/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570768   Number of Discs: 1
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Bax: Piano Sonatas No 3 & 4, Etc / Ashley Wass
Release Date: 05/17/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557592   Number of Discs: 1
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Bax: Piano Works / Ashley Wass
Release Date: 02/21/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557769   Number of Discs: 1
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Bridge: Piano Music / Ashley Wass
Release Date: 04/18/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557842   Number of Discs: 1
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    ConNotations / Mei Yi Foo
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: 100065 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Alban Berg,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Philipp Hutter,  Mei Yi Foo,  Bartosz Woroch,  Ashley Wass
    Conductor:  Clement Power
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia
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    My First Classical Albums
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8509003 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Jürgen Schuster,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Marin Alsop,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Éder String Quartet,  Danubius String Quartet,  German Wind Soloists  ... 
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    Bach To The Future  / Ashley Wass
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: 100033 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Samuel Barber,  György Kurtág,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Ashley Wass,  Ron Abramski
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    Pavane / Maxim Rysanov, Ashley Wass
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1773 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré,  Richard Dubugnon,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Maxim Rysanov,  Ashley Wass
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    Beethoven/Liszt: Symphony No. 6
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: 100024 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Ashley Wass
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    My First Lullaby Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578213 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Igor Stravinsky,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Idil Biret,  Einar Steen-Nokleberg,  Stefan Veselka  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Anthony Bramall,  Alexander Rahbari,  Keith Clark  ... 
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    Bax: Winter Legends / Wass, Judd, Bournemouth
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572597 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Bax
    Performer:  Ashley Wass
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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    Brahms: Viola II / Rysanov, Coote, Wass
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4054 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Alice Coote,  Ashley Wass,  Maxim Rysanov,  Alexander Sitkovetsky  ... 
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    Liszt: Complete Piano Music, Vol 32 / Ashley Wass
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570768 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Ashley Wass
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    Metcalfe: Constant Filter / Matthew Barley
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 207 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Metcalfe
    Performer:  Matthew Barley,  Ashley Wass
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    Easy Listening Piano Classics - Romantic Expressions
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578081-82 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Enrique Granados,  César Cui,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Ashley Wass,  Douglas Riva,  Jeffrey Biegel,  Hĺvard Gimse  ... 
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    Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto / Wass, Judd, Royal Liverpool PO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572304 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Ashley Wass
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Devil's Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578085-86 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Robert Schumann,  György Ligeti,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Idil Biret,  Laurent Martin,  Ashley Wass  ... 
    Conductor:  Julius Rudel,  Johannes Wildner,  Alfred Walter,  Christian Benda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Bax: Symphonic Variations, Concertante For Piano Left Hand / Judd, Wass, Bournemouth SO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570774 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Bax
    Performer:  Ashley Wass
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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    Bridge: Piano Trio No 2, Phantasie Trio, Miniatures / Wass, Liebeck, Chaushian
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570792 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Bridge
    Performer:  Ashley Wass,  Jack Liebeck,  Alexander Chaushian
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    Prom at the Palace - Concert with Te Kanawa, Alagna, Gheorghiu
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 0856 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold,  Thomas Augustine Arne,  Sir Edward Elgar,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Alagna,  Angela Gheorghiu,  Thomas Allen,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Ken Burton,  Richard Waterer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Her Majesty's Royal Marines Band,  BBC Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    William Alwyn: Piano Music Vol 2 / Ashley Wass
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570464 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Alwyn
    Performer:  Ashley Wass
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    Liszt: Complete Piano Music Vol 28 / Beethoven Symph No 9 / Leon Mccawley, Ashley Wass
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570466 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Ashley Wass,  Leon McCawley
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    William Alwyn: Piano Music, Vol 1 / Ashley Wass
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570359 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Alwyn
    Performer:  Ashley Wass
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    Bax: Violin Sonatas Vol 2 / Jackson, Wass
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570094 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Bax
    Performer:  Laurence Jackson,  Ashley Wass
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    Bax: Piano Works Vol 4 - Music For 2 Pianos / Ashley Wass, Martin Roscoe
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570413 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Bax
    Performer:  Martin Roscoe,  Ashley Wass
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    Bridge: Piano Sonata, Pensées Fugitives, Etc / Ashley Wass
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557921 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Bridge
    Performer:  Ashley Wass
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    Bax: Violin Sonatas No 1 & 3 / Jackson, Wass
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557540 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Bax
    Performer:  Ashley Wass,  Laurence Jackson
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    Elgar: Piano Music / Ashley Wass
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570166 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Ashley Wass
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    Bridge: Piano Music / Ashley Wass
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557842 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Bridge
    Performer:  Ashley Wass
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