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Eugene Asti

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Eugene has devised many recital series for St John’s Smith Square, London and St George’s Bristol to mark anniversaries of Brahms, Mendelssohn, Poulenc, Strauss and Schumann, which included many of today’s leading artists. His recordings include three volumes of songs and duets by Felix Mendelssohn, the complete works of Clara Schumann, the complete Mozart Songs with Sophie Karthäuser and Stephan Loges and a disc of Schumann Lieder entitled Songs of Love and Loss with Sarah Connolly.

Eugene Asti studied at the Mannes College of Music, New York with Jeannette Haien where he earned his BMus and MA and subsequently at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he studied piano accompaniment with Graham Johnson. Eugene now teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is Vocal Accompaniment Coordinator at Trinity College of Music. He regularly gives masterclasses both in the UK and abroad.


One of the foremost accompanists of his generation, he has performed with many great artists including Dame Felicity Lott, Sir Willard White, Sir Thomas Allen, Angelika Kirchschlager, Bryn Terfel and the late Dame Margaret Price, in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, the Musikverein in Vienna, Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Megaron in Athens, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Symphony Hall in Birmingham and Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York.


He has done much recording work for the BBC, having featured regularly on Radio 3’s “Voices” programme with Sarah Connolly, Sophie Daneman, Rebecca Evans, Susan Gritton, Jared Holt, Christine Rice, Stephan Loges, Kate Royal, and James Rutherford. His many recordings for Hyperion Records include songs and duets by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn and the complete songs of Clara Schumann. Other recordings include a live recital disc with Sarah Connolly for Signum Records, the complete Mozart songs with Sophie Karthäuser and Stephan Loges for Cyprès, a disc of Schumann Lieder entitled Songs of Love and Loss with Sarah Connolly for Chandos, a recital of English song for BIS with James Rutherford and most recently, a disc of Poulenc Melodies Les Anges Musiciens with Sophie Karthaüser for Harmonia Mundi.


In 2009 Eugene devised a recital series to honour the anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn, for London’s King’s Place. He has also completed an edition of Mendelssohn songs for Bärenreiter which was published in 2008.


Recent highlights include recitals with Sophie Karthäuser at the Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris, Théâtre de Cornouaille in Quimper, Wigmore Hall, the Musiq3 Festival in Brussels and the Wigmore Hall, a recital with Sir Willard White at the Sevenoaks Festival and a recital with Bryn Terfel at the the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele. Engagements this season include recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival, recitals with Sarah Connolly at the Bridgewater Hall and the Painswick Music Society and a recital of music by Poulenc with Sophie Karthaüser in Maastricht.


In 2009 Eugene became an official Steinway Artist.

DateRole, Production & Venue
26th October, 2014Accompanies Susan Gritton in Lunchtime Recital for Oxford Lieder at Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, Oxford
4th November, 2014Accompanies Sophie Karthauser in Recital at Opera de Rhin, Strasbourg
24th March, 2015Accompanist in Recital with Sarah Connolly at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
28th March, 2015Accompanist in Recital with Sarah Connolly at St Mary's Church Painswick
2nd May, 2015Poulenc recital with Sophie Karthauser in St Jans Church, Maastricht
7th June, 2015Bryn Terfel Recital in Harpa Concert House Reykjavik
Poulenc Melodies recording with Sophie Karthäuser for Harmonia Mundi
Limelight Magazine, Australia
Eugene Asti’s piano is assured, well balanced, and the perfect complement to Karthäuser’s beautiful soprano. The pair’s rendition of Poulenc’s hit chanson sentimentale, Les Chemins de l’amour, is simply to die for. Très jolie!
Recital with Sarah Connolly at the Wigmore Hall
The Times
. . . accompanied with perceptive insight by Eugene Asti.
Recording of Mendelssohn Songs & Duets III with Sophie Daneman on Hyperion
Fanfare, USA
There is much to recommend in this collection. First of all, the songs themselves, some deeper than others, are sweet and forthright, and shown to their best advantage by the equally sweet and forthright playing of Eugene Asti. Displaying a remarkable ease at the keyboard and a deep sense of these pieces, he seems to be the inspiring and unifying force behind the entire enterpise
Mendelssohn Songs & Duets with Sophe Daneman & Nathan Berg for Hyperion
Gramophone
….accompanied with delightful vitality by Eugene Asti….
Mendelssohn Songs & Duets with Sophe Daneman & Nathan Berg for Hyperion
Classical Review
Mendelssohn’s writing is so masterfully handled - especially in pianist Eugene Asti’s hands – that it’s the skill and virtuosity of the composer we experience……..tossed off with breathtaking agility.
Recording of Fanny Mendelssohn Lieder with Susan Gritton for Hyperion
Gramophone Magazine
In less sensitive hands than Eugene Asti’s this could sound muddy, and much else might sound merely complacent; but his clarity and feeling for rhythm and harmony obviate that.
Recording of Fanny Mendelssohn Lieder with Susan Gritton for Hyperion
International Record Review
Asti provides the beautifully limpid, balanced accompaniment you imagine Fanny herself might have played.
Recital at the Lincoln Center, New York accompanying Susan Gritton
The New York Times
…matching the full-bodied playing of Ms. Gritton’s solid accompanist, Eugene Asti.
Concert at the Jaqueline du Pré Music Building accompanying Sophie Daneman
Oxford
Asti's accompaniments upon the keys meanwhile, brought out its own displays of perfect timing - not least one thought within his own intriguing work Three e.e cummings songs. He had especially a lovely lucid touch, which if only life were fair would launch forth with a full appreciation of its own.

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