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.
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 semi-finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Award with baritone Andrew Hamilton, winner of the Freda Parry Competition with baritone Michael Lafferty and 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.
Ashley performs regularly with internationally-renowned flautist Stephen Clark, and they have given numerous recitals across the UK. Most recently, they performed a series of recitals as part of the Absolute Classics festival in Scotland, and they will next be performing together in New York in autumn 2019.
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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