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Stefan Asbury

Stefan Asbury sitting on wooden stairs


Chief Conductor of the Noord Nederlands Orkest, Stefan Asbury is a regular guest with many of the leading orchestras worldwide. Recent and current highlights include performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Copenhagen Phil, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre National de Montpellier. In autumn 2014 he conducts the world premiere of Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Piano Concerto with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Asbury enjoys frequent collaborations with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester, hr-Sinfonieorchester and NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and regularly appears at festivals such as Munich's Biennale, Salzburger Festspiele, La Biennale di Venezia, Wien Modern and Wiener Festwochen. Previous seasons have included guest engagements with the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, RAI Turin, Dresdner Philharmonie, and the Orchestra of St Luke's.

Stefan Asbury has particularly strong relationships with many living composers including Oliver Knussen, Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm, Unsuk Chin and Mark-Anthony Turnage. He works regularly with Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Musikfabrik and the London Sinfonietta. His CD of music by Jonathan Harvey was awarded a'Monde de la Musique CHOC'award, and his complete cycle of Gerard Grisey'sEspace Accoustiquewith WDR Sinfonieorchesterwon a Deutschen Schallplattenkritik award.

Last season saw Asbury conduct the world premiere of Michael Jarell'sSiegfried Nocturneat the Wagner Geneva Festival. Other recent opera work includes John Adams'A Flowering Treefor the Perth International Arts Festival, Wolfgang Rihm'sJakob Lenzfor the Wiener Festwochen and Britten'sOwen Wingravewith the Tapiola Sinfonietta. Asbury has collaborated with the Mark Morris Dance Group in productions of Prokofiev'sRomeo and Julietand Virgil Thomson'sFour Saints in Three Actswith performances at Lincoln Center, the Barbican and the Brooklyn Academy of Music amongst other venues.

Since 1995 Stefan Asbury has served on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center and has held the Sana H. Sabbagh Master Teacher Chair on the Conducting Faculty since 2005. In addition to his regular summer teaching he has given conducting masterclasses at the Hochschule der Kunste (Zürich), Venice Conservatoire, and Geneva Conservatoire, and his master classes are featured in the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Inside the TMC.