Stefan Asbury

A regular guest with leading orchestras worldwide, Stefan Asbury’s 2022/23 season starts with visits to the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition, the Indianapolis and Tulsa Symphony orchestras, followed by engagements with the Norrköpings Symfoniorkester, Ensemble Modern, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra.

Recent seasons saw Stefan Asbury returning to and debuting with several orchestras across the world, including the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and China National Symphony Orchestra.

Asbury has particularly strong relationships with many living composers including Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm, Unsuk Chin and Mark-Anthony Turnage. In 2015/16, he conducted the world premiere of Bernd Richard Deutsch’s Organ Concerto at the Musikverein in Vienna. Following the sad passing of Oliver Knussen, a very close mentor, Stefan Asbury conducted his last completed composition with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in November 2018.

As a recording artist, Stefan Asbury’s album with works by Jonathan Harvey was awarded a Monde de la Musique CHOC award, and his complete cycle of Gerard Grisey’s ›Les Espaces Accoustiques‹ with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne won a German Record Critics’ Award.

In October 2013 he conducted the world premiere of Michael Jarell’s ›Siegfried Nocturne‹ at the Wagner Geneva Festival. Other opera highlights include ›Porgy and Bess‹ at the Spoleto Festival, John Adams’ ›A Flowering Tree‹ at the Perth International Arts Festival, Wolfgang Rihm’s ›Jakob Lenz‹ at the Wiener Festwochen, Britten’s ›Owen Wingrave‹ with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Knussen’s ›Where the Wild Things Are‹ at Tanglewood.

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.