Ashley is a pianist and conductor originally from Sussex, now based in London. In 2017, he graduated with first class honours from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance where he studied with Eugene Asti.  In September 2017, he started on the répétiteur course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.  Specialising in work with singers, Ashley is regularly found giving recitals across the UK and has performed at a number of top venues including St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James's Church Piccadilly, Milton Court Concert Hall, St. Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh and in a masterclass showcase concert at the Wigmore Hall.

At Trinity Laban, Ashley was the recipient of the David Gosling Prize for excellence in accompaniment - awarded to one student at the conservatoire each year.   He is the winner of the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Competition with mezzo-soprano Rebecca Leggett, the English Song Competition with baritone James Newby and has been a finalist in all other competitions for voice and piano at the college.  At Guildhall, he played for soprano Madison Nonoa-Horsefield in the English Song Award, where they were Highly Commended. Other competition highlights include playing for finalists Rebecca Leggett and soprano Henrike Legner in the Kathleen Ferrier Junior Bursary Award.

Ashley has appeared in a masterclass given by Brigitte Fassbaender at the Wigmore Hall, with mezzo-soprano Georgia Mae Bishop, and has also appeared there with James Newby in a masterclass and showcase concert, led by Wolfgang Holzmair.  He has also played for vocal coachings and masterclasses led by Gary Matthewman, David Gowland, Malcolm Martineau, Audrey Hyland, Matthew Rose, Janice Chapman, Joan Rodgers and the late Stefan Bevier.

A keen chamber musician, Ashley is currently Principal Keyboard of the Kantanti Ensemble, a leading chamber orchestra conducted by Lee Reynolds.  He was also the founding pianist in the Primavera Trio, with violinist Rosie Judge and cellist Cristina Cooper.  Ashley is the pianist for the Music Makers of London choir, led by Hilary Campbell.

 

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