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Ashley Smith

Dr Ashley Smith

Lecturer
Academic Staff (Music)

Contact details
Address
Academic Staff (Music)
The University of Western Australia (M413)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 2042
Email
ashley.smith@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
www.ashleywilliamsmith.com
Qualifications
BMus W.Aust., MMus Yale
Biography
Described as ‘Incandescent... a masterly display of skill and insight... as an apologist for contemporary music-making, you would search hard to find this young clarinettist's equal’ (The Age), clarinettist Ashley William Smith has emerged as one of Australia’s most internationally demanded young musicians. The current Churchill Fellow, Ashley is a laureate of two of Australia’s most prestigious prizes for classical musicians, the 2012 Music Council of Australia Freedman Fellowship and the ABC Symphony International Young Performer Award (other instrument category). Identified as a ‘rising star’ by the world's leading clarinet manufacturer, Buffet-Crampon, Ashley is Buffet-Crampon Artist.

Internationally, Ashley has performed throughout the USA and Asia including performances with Bang on a Can, the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and the Beijing Modern Music Festival. In 2014 Ashley's international engagements include performances in the USA with Chamber Music Northwest as well as appearing in recital throughout Europe.

Domestically, Ashley has performed as a soloist with several of Australia's major orchestras. His Melbourne premiere of the Magnus Lindberg Concerto was ranked amongst The Age's Top 5 Classical Performances 2010. In 2014 he shall appear as a soloist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in a new concerto by Lachlan Skipworth. As a chamber musician, Ashley performs regularly with several of Australia's major ensembles including the Australian String Quartet, the Syzygy Ensemble and the Argonaut Ensemble. In 2013 he and his principal duo partner, Australian pianist Aura Go, were commended again by The Age for their Melbourne Recital Centre Spotlight recital which marked the launch recital of their duo, Australia Felix. For this recital, the duo also received the Melbourne Recital Centres prestigious Contemporary Masters Award for the most outstanding performance of a post-1945 work during the 2013 season.

In 2014 Ashley is Artist in Residence at the University of Western Australia where he was also recently appointed an Assistant Professor position as the Head of Winds and Contemporary Performance.

Ashley is a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music and a graduate of the University of Western Australia where he was awarded the Sir Harold Bailey as the most outstanding graduate of the Faculty Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and was nominated for the J.A. Wood Prize, the institution's most presitgous honour. He most recently graduated from Master of Music at Yale University under the tutelage of David Shifrin, where he was additionally awarded the Thomas Nyfenger Prize.
Key research
Clarinet and bass clarinet solo and chamber music performance. Specialist in the performance of works by Mozart, Schumann, Brahms. Specialist in post-1980 repertoire, particularly of Australian, Italian, Finnish and German composers.
Contemporary Performance Practice
Historical Performance Practice
Music Aesthetics
Publications
Michael Kieran Harvey: City of Snakes, recorded on Psychosonata, Move Records 2013
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Head of Winds and Contemporary Performance Programs

Artist in Residence

Performance Coaching

Lecturer in Music Aesthetics and Criticism and Popular Music in World Cultures
Future research
Luciano Berio's Sequenzas: Analysis and Aesthetics
Funding received
Yale University: Stephen and Denise Adams Scholarship and Fellowship (2012-13)

Australia Council for the Arts: Skills and Artist Development Grant (2012-13)

Government of Western Australia, Department of Culture and the Arts: Artflight Grant (2012)

Opus 50 Trust Grant (2012)

Yale University: Stephen and Denise Adams Scholarship and Fellowship (2011-12)

Australian National Academy of Music / Harold Mitchell Foundation: ANAM Travelling Scholarship for a young musician most likely to pursue an international performing career (2010)

Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant (2010)

University of Western Australia: Friends of Music Travelling Fellowship

Australian National Academy of Music / Harold Mitchell Foundation Travelling Fellowship
Honours and awards
Melbourne Recital Centre: Contemporary Masters Award: for the most outstanding performance of a work composed after 1945 during the MRC’s 2013 season (2013)

Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship: to commission new solo works by internationally leading composers and to pursue intense studies in contemporary bass clarinet performance in the USA, Germany, UK and Spain (2013)

Yale School of Music Thomas Nyfenger Prize: most outstanding graduate in wind performance (2013)

Arthur Foote Prize nomination: for an outstanding musician studying at an East Coast USA music conservatory (2013)

Music Council of Australia Freedman Fellowship: The Australian classical music industry’s most prestigious peer nominated and juried prize for an outstanding Australian musician pursuing an international solo career (2012)

Yale School of Music Oneppo Chamber Music Competition: Roger Smalley Trio for clarinet, viola and piano (2012)

Buffet-Crampon Artist Endorsement from the world's leading clarinet manufacturer (2011 onwards)

ABC Symphony International Young Performer Award: Ross Edwards Concerto (2010)

The Age Top Five Classical Performances 2010 Lindberg Clarinet Concerto (2010)

Australian National Academy of Music Harold Mitchell Travelling Fellowship:
Most outstanding student most likely to pursue an international performing career (2010)

Australian National Academy of Music: ANAM Fellowship (the first wind instrumentalist in institution’s history to be awarded this honour)(2010).

Australian National Academy of Music Concerto Competition
First Prize and People’s Choice Award (2009)

UWA J.A. Wood Prize Nomination: most outstanding graduand of the University completing an honours course (2008)

UWA Harold Bailey Award: most outstanding honours graduand of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (2008)

UWA Lady Callaway Medal: most outstanding graduand from the School of Music (2008)

UWA Edith Cowan Prize in Music: most outstanding academic student in the School of Music (2008)
Teaching
Yale Univeristy: Undergraduate and Secondary Instrument Clarinet Instructor.
Useful links
Website: www.ashleywilliamsmith.com

Youtube Channel:http://www.youtube.com/user/ashleywilliamsmith?feature=watch

Buffet-Crampon Artist Profile: http://www.buffet-crampon.com/en/artistes/artiste/ashley-smith
New and noteworthy
Recent Press Quotes

• But the evening's eye-opener came in the second half with Ashley Smith's incandescent performance of Magnus Lindberg's 2002 Clarinet Concerto. Smith revelled in the score's intricacies and hefty demands, from high piccolo notes to soft middle-register trills and an improbable bass register, alternately stretching the instrument's compass and capabilities and flooding the hall with a splendid lyricism.

As an apologist for contemporary music-making, let alone this concerto, you would search hard to find this young clarinettist's equal... a masterly display of skill and insight.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/quasi-una-fantasia

• For once, a talented performer fully identified with the music he was playing; it is impossible to imagine a more committed, sympathetic interpretation.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/music/unswerving- assurance-of-ehnes-violin-a-winner


• Some Remarkable Moments in Music
Read the article: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/some- remarkable-moments-in-music-20131222-2zstn.html

• New Duo Shine in Stirring Recital
Read the article: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/new-duo-shine- in-stirring-recital-20130808-2rkea.html
Current projects
A detailed account of current performances and projects can be found at ashleywilliamsmith.com

Major Performance Projects 2014 include:
October 1 2014: Concerto World Premiere: Lachlan Skipworth (composer), West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Baldur Brönnimann(conductor)

September 2014: Bendigo International Festival of Contemporary Music - Artist Residency

July 2014: Chamber Music Northwest (USA) - Artist Residency

2014 University of Western Australia Artist Residency

Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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