Award-winning pianist Ashok Gupta (b.1988) pursues
a varied musical career.
In April 2016 Ashok won the Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards; this has led to recitals with singers in UK venues including the Wigmore Hall. As a piano accompanist he has collaborated with artists such as Dame Ann Murray, Daniel Pailthorpe and John Rutter.
Ashok has appeared as a solo fortepianist in performances of Bach and Mozart concerti, and also in Jonathan Dove’s An Airmail Letter from Mozart with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra under Paul Daniel. As an organist, he has worked regularly at the Chapels Royal and Westminster Abbey and, as a repetiteur, he has worked at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, Dutch National Opera and Dijon Opera.
Ashok maintains a busy career as a continuo player. He has performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and Irish Chamber Orchestra. Ashok has also recorded several times with the Arcangelo ensemble (for Hyperion label).
As a piano soloist, Ashok has performed in various international festivals and made his debut at Birmingham Symphony Hall in November 2014. In November 2016 he performed Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.2 with the Southampton Symphony Orchestra and, in February 2015, Scriabin's Piano Concerto with Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra.
In November 2016 Ashok received the Dean’s Award for Exceptional Achievement from Birmingham City University and, in February, the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Future projects include Semele at Garsington (assistant conductor and continuo) and La clemenza di Tito at Glyndebourne Festival Opera (continuo), both in the summer of 2017.
Ashok was educated at Dean Close School, Cambridge University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is very grateful for the support of the Leverhulme Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Leonard Hancock Memorial Foundation, as well as to his teachers, Margaret Fingerhut, Charles Owen and Helen Porter.