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

 

Honorary Conductor of the Noord Nederlands Orkest and a regular guest with leading orchestras worldwide, Stefan Asbury’s 2017/18 season includes debuting with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo and returning to collaborate with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Copenhagen Phil, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Musikfabrik and Tongyeong International Music Festival. He also adjudicates at the Besançon International Music Festival for the first time. 

Honorary Conductor: Noord Nederlands Orkest

 

Honorary Conductor of the Noord Nederlands Orkest and a regular guest with leading orchestras worldwide, Stefan Asbury’s 2017/18 season includes debuting with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo and returning to collaborate with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Copenhagen Phil, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Musikfabrik and Tongyeong International Music Festival. He also adjudicates at the Besançon International Music Festival for the first time. 

Stefan has particularly strong relationships with many living composers including Oliver Knussen, Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm, Unsuk Chin and Mark-Anthony Turnage. In recent seasons he has conducted Bernd Richard Deutsch’s Organ Concerto with Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and he conducted the world premiere of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Piano Concerto with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Symphonieorchester 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 Köln won a Deutschen Schallplattenkritik award.

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Reviews

“Asbury conveys the captivatingly illustrative power of Shostakovich’s instrumentation with sheer cinematic imagination. The dreamy second movement shows the brutal conflicts with utmost severity.” (Leipziger Volkszeitung, November 2017) 

“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)

“Asbury conveys the captivatingly illustrative power of Shostakovich’s instrumentation with sheer cinematic imagination. The dreamy second movement shows the brutal conflicts with utmost severity.” (Leipziger Volkszeitung, November 2017) 

“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)