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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 B.Mus. and M.A. and subsequently studied piano accompaniment with Graham Johnson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Eugene now teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is Vocal Accompaniment Coordinator at Trinity College of Music, and 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,  and the late Dame Margaret Price, and in venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican, London, 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 the 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, 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 Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele. He also performed in recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival and in concert with Sarah Connolly at the Bridgewater Hall and the Painswick Music Society. Future plans include a recital with Sophie Karthaüser at the Oxford Lieder Festival and at La Monnaie, in Brussels.

In 2009 Eugene became an official Steinway Artist.


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DateRole, Production & Venue
17/10/2015Accompanist in Recital with Sophie Kärthauser:- Singing Words: Poets and their Songs at the Oxford Lieder Festival at Holywell Music Room, Oxford
31/10/2015Accompanist in Recital with Sir Willard White at Reading Concert Hall
05/11/2015Accompanies Sophie Karthauser in Recital at La Monnaie, Brussels

Concerts / Recitals

Recital with Sarah Connolly at the Wigmore Hall, September 2010
The Times
. . . accompanied with perceptive insight by Eugene Asti. Asti’s stylish rippling piano accompaniment and Ms Connolly’s soaring phrases really impressed in Speak to me, my love!, building up in intensity on the phrase ‘’The day will dawn’’ and then continuing to the climactic ‘’and go on our different paths’’…. The most greatly anticipated
Concert at the Jaqueline du Pré Music Building accompanying Sophie Daneman, October 2006
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.
Recital at the Lincoln Center, New York accompanying Susan Gritton, April 2003
The New York Times
…matching the full-bodied playing of Ms. Gritton’s solid accompanist, Eugene Asti.

Recordings

Poulenc Melodies recording with Sophie Karthäuser for Harmonia Mundi, July 2014
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!
Mozart Songs cyp1650 [GF], March 2008
MusicWeb-International
Eugene Asti is a pliable accompanist and the recording is first class
The Exquisite Hour Album with Sarah Connolly, February 2006
The Guardian
Eugene Asti is her sensitive, technically assured accompanist
Recording of Mendelssohn Songs & Duets with Sophe Daneman & Nathan Berg for Hyperion, November 1999
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 Mendelssohn Songs & Duets with Sophe Daneman & Nathan Berg for Hyperion, November 1999
Gramophone
….accompanied with delightful vitality by Eugene Asti….
Recording of Mendelssohn Songs & Duets III with Sophie Daneman for Hyperion, November 1999
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 enterprise
Recording of Fanny Mendelssohn Lieder with Susan Gritton for Hyperion, March 1999
International Record Review
Asti provides the beautifully limpid, balanced accompaniment you imagine Fanny herself might have played.
Recording of Fanny Mendelssohn Lieder with Susan Gritton for Hyperion, March 1999
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.

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