A regular guest with leading orchestras worldwide, Stefan Asbury has appeared with prominent orchestras in the United States including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, most recently featured in their BSO NOW series which was streamed in January; the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Fort Worth, St Paul, and the New World Symphony.
Asbury was featured in the 2016 Spoleto Festival conducting the Galliard Theatre opening production of Porgy and Bess in Charleston. He has conducted opera and ballet with Theatre de La Monnaie, Brussels, Lyons Opera, the Wien Modern festival, Perth Festival and Venice and Munich Biennales. A regular collaborator with Mark Morris, he conducted for the Mark Morris Dance Group’s touring production of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet culminating with performances at Lincoln Center, New York with Orchestra of St Luke’s, and in London at the Barbican Centre Theatre with the London Symphony Orchestra.
He has worked widely throughout the world being Chief Conductor and Conductor Emeritus of the North Netherlands Orchestra 2011- 2018, Musician-in-Residence of the Tapiola Sinfonietta 2006-2012 and has long-standing relationships with major orchestras in Europe and Asia including the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Hessicher Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, ORF Orchestra Vienna, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, and West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig as part of Beethovenfest Bonn 2018 and Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao during Bilbao’s Musika-Musica 2019 festival, and has appeared with the China National Symphony Orchestra, Beijing and NHK Symphony,Tokyo.
Stefan has particularly strong relationships with many living composers including Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm, Unsuk Chin and Mark-Anthony Turnage. As a recording artist, Stefan’s CD of music by Jonathan Harvey was awarded a Monde de la Musique CHOC award, and his complete cycle of Gerard Grisey’s Les Espaces Accoustiques with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln won a Deutschen Schallplattenkritik award.
Educated at Oxford University and the Royal College of Music London, Asbury was a student conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1990 under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. Since 1995 he has served on the faculty and has been the Head of Conducting since 2005 and currently is the Perles Family Foundation Artist in Residence.
"Stefan Asbury’s conducting led us through this thicket of themes and motifs with logic and coherence."
"Asbury doesn’t only show the diversity of the music but also sees the bigger picture. The Brit knows how to shape a breathing musical organism.”
“Asbury conveys the captivatingly illustrative power of Shostakovich’s instrumentation with sheer cinematic imagination."