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Stefan Asbury, a British conductor known for his special expertise in music of the 20th and 21st centuries, is a regular and popular guest with leading orchestras worldwide. During the last cresc… biennial in 2023, he led the opening concert with Ensemble Modern and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the recent past, he also conducted the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestras of Milwaukee, Seattle and Vancouver, the Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg, the Auckland Philharmonia and the China National Symphony Orchestra. He also returned to the MDR Symphony Orchestra as part of the Beethovenfest in Bonn and conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao during the Musika Música festival in 2019.
He has worked extensively with contemporary composers such as Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm, Unsuk Chin and Mark-Anthony Turnage. He conducted the world premieres of the Organ Concerto by Bernd Richard Deutsch at Vienna’s Musikverein and Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Piano Concerto with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. After the death of Oliver Knussen, one of Asbury’s close mentors, he led the performance of Birtwistle’s last completed composition in 2018.
In 2013, Stefan Asbury conducted the world premiere of Michael Jarrell’s ›Siegfried Nocturne‹; further opera engagements included ›Porgy and Bess‹ at the Spoleto Festival, John Adams’ ›A Flowering Tree‹ in Perth, Rihm’s ›Jakob Lenz‹ at the Wiener Festwochen, Britten’s ›Owen Wingrave‹ with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Knussen’s ›Where the Wild Things Are‹ in Tanglewood. He also led productions of Stravinsky’s ›Firebird‹ with the Danish Dance Theatre and Prokofiev’s ›Romeo and Juliet‹ with the Mark Morris Dance Group. His complete recording of Gérard Grisey’s ›Les Espaces Accoustiques‹ with the WDR Symphony Orchestra won the German Music Critic’s Prize. Asbury has been teaching at the Tanglewood Music Center since 1995 and has given master courses in Zurich, Venice and Boston, among others.