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“[Ashley Wass] performed not only with technical prowess but also impressive

imaginative insight.”

Recital, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

William Ruff, Nottingham Post

September 2015


“No holds barred: I have lost count of the number of concerts over decades which didn't amount to the sum of their parts. I cannot remember the last concert where the programme and performances actually exceeded the sum of their parts. Thursday night's BBC SSO performances of a mind-blowing programme had me clawing for a non-existent sixth star and superlatives beyond even my most hyperbolic expression.”

John Foulds: Dynamic Triptych, Glasgow with the BBC Scottish SO

Michael Tumelty, Herald Scotland

January 2015


“The performance is just as virtuosic, with Matthew Trusler and Thomas Carroll’s rich-toned and rhythmically taut string playing bobbing in and among the waves of Ashley Wass’s liquid pianism.”

Trio Apaches: The Seafarer (Orchid Classics CD)

The Strad, The Strad Recommends

November 2014


“(..) beautifully poetic, considered pianism of Ashley Wass”

20th century: The American Scene (Easonus EAS 29253) with Tai Murray (violin)

David Kettle, The Strad

April 2014


“Wass shows himself here to be a secure technician, easily handling all of the virtuosic challenges in this music, and a probing and intelligent musician, one who has long thought over this music and has penetrated its inner secrets, and one who relishes in making these pieces sound ever fresh, ever new, ever exciting. It is not often we get a musician of this caliber.”

Ashley Wass: Bach to the Future (Orchid Classic ORC100033)

Scott Noriega, Fanfare Magazine

March 2014


“Berg’s Sonata (..) receives an impassioned, large-scale and cogently shaped performance that holds its own with the best”

Ashley Wass: Bach to the Future (Orchid Classic ORC100033)

Jed Distler, Gramophone

October 2013


“This nicely sequenced disc functions as a sort of musical autobiography, and Wass’s lucid, witty notes explain the significance of each work.

Ashley Wass: Bach to the Future (Orchid Classic ORC100033)

Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

September 2013


“But the performances of [Ashley Wass] are distinguished by a white-hot intensity, and this recital was no exception. Opening with Beethoven’s ‘32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor’, he revealed a rare profundity in this often underrated work. I have seldom heard such power in the volcanic variations, and never such poetry in the lyrical ones.”

Michael Church, The Independent

January 2013

Wigmore Hall recital


“The performance was hugely appreciated by the Wigmore Hall audience who kept silent for a full ten seconds as the last note died away. We were all – above all the pianist himself – emotionally drained, but at the same time we were filled with a wondrous sense of contentment which the best of Liszt’s music can bring us.”

Nahoko Gotoh, Bachtrack

May 2011


“(..)the pianist Ashley Wass played with thoughtfulness and sensitivity throughout: often when the musical idea would begin in the piano part, he set the tone and atmosphere well.”

Nahoko Gotoh, Bachtrack

September 2010







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