Stefan Asbury
Conductor

“The judicious and commanding baton of Stefan Asbury... [at the Leipzig Gewandhaus].” (Leipziger Volkszeitung, February 2014)

Contacts

Iarlaith Carter +44 (0)20 3725 9162

Biography

Honorary Conductor: Noord Nederlands Orkest

 

A regular guest with leading orchestras worldwide, Stefan Asbury’s 2016/17 season includes debuts with Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra; returns to Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI and ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien; and the continuation of his regular relationships with Klangforum Wien and Noord Nederlands Orkest (where he holds the position of Honorary Conductor). Stefan frequently collaborates with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester, hr-Sinfonieorchester and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester regularly appears at festivals such as Munich’s Biennale, Salzburger Festspiele, La Biennale di Venezia and Wien Modern.

Honorary Conductor: Noord Nederlands Orkest

 

A regular guest with leading orchestras worldwide, Stefan Asbury’s 2016/17 season includes debuts with Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra; returns to Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI and ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien; and the continuation of his regular relationships with Klangforum Wien and Noord Nederlands Orkest (where he holds the position of Honorary Conductor). Stefan frequently collaborates with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester, hr-Sinfonieorchester and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester regularly appears at festivals such as Munich’s Biennale, Salzburger Festspiele, La Biennale di Venezia and Wien Modern.

Stefan has particularly strong relationships with many living composers including Oliver Knussen, Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm, Unsuk Chin and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Last season he conducted the world premiere of Bernd Richard Deutsch’s Organ Concert with Radio-Sinfonieorchester Wien, while in the 2014/15 season he conducted the world premiere of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Piano Concerto with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and also gave the US premiere with Aimard and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

As a recording artist, Stefan’s album of music by Jonathan Harvey was awarded a Monde de la Musique CHOC award, and his complete cycle of Gerard Grisey’s Les Espaces Accoustiques with WDR Sinfonieorchester won a Deutschen Schallplattenkritik award.

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Reviews

“Under Stefan Asbury’s baton, the young players (America’s finest) of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra find all the sophistication of Gershwin’s score.” (Telegraph, May 2016)

“Asbury's sovereignty guaranteed a vivid interpretation of Messiaen [at Staatsoper Hannover] which will stay in the audience's memory for a long time.” (Ludolf Baucke, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, May 2015)

“The judicious and commanding baton of Stefan Asbury... [at the Leipzig Gewandhaus].” (Leipziger Volkszeitung, February 2014)

“The big surprise was that the new chief’s authority, he was able to show this convincingly in standard repertoire. The prelude and Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde was full of romantic mystery. With elegant tension proved the conductor that in silence the most beautiful music can hide. Asbury's handling of parts from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet music was nothing less than a sensation. He seemingly effortlessly elicited transparency and bright colors out of the orchestra, and his honest approach won him in perfect drops of theater out of the score. We have seldom heard this orchestra play so well. After the concert, the musicians applauded for the new chief-conductor and everyone was there to shine… Groningen has something to discover…” (De Telegraaf, December 2011)

“Under Stefan Asbury’s baton, the young players (America’s finest) of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra find all the sophistication of Gershwin’s score.” (Telegraph, May 2016)

“Asbury's sovereignty guaranteed a vivid interpretation of Messiaen [at Staatsoper Hannover] which will stay in the audience's memory for a long time.” (Ludolf Baucke, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, May 2015)

“The judicious and commanding baton of Stefan Asbury... [at the Leipzig Gewandhaus].” (Leipziger Volkszeitung, February 2014)

“The big surprise was that the new chief’s authority, he was able to show this convincingly in standard repertoire. The prelude and Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde was full of romantic mystery. With elegant tension proved the conductor that in silence the most beautiful music can hide. Asbury's handling of parts from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet music was nothing less than a sensation. He seemingly effortlessly elicited transparency and bright colors out of the orchestra, and his honest approach won him in perfect drops of theater out of the score. We have seldom heard this orchestra play so well. After the concert, the musicians applauded for the new chief-conductor and everyone was there to shine… Groningen has something to discover…” (De Telegraaf, December 2011)

“Stefan Asbury conducted with considerable attention to detail, skilfully guiding the performers through the music's rhythmic complexities.” (The Australian, March 2009)

“Outstanding: Stefan Asbury at the helm of the 11-strong ensemble from Klangforum Wien.” (Die Welt, May 2008)