Nicholas Ashton, pianist solo, chamber, contemporary piano music

Nicholas Ashton, pianist

Re: Sono Piano Duo

Re: Sono Piano Duo

Lauryna Sableviciute and Nicholas Ashton first met when they were asked to perform together at a Contemporary Music Festival at Glasgow University in 2008. Noticing that there were not many piano duos working within this area, they decided to form a duo – Re: Sono – with the aim of blending programmes of new works with less well-known repertoire from the Classical and Romantic periods and to ask composers to write for them. They have since performed together at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Universities of Edinburgh, Salford, Glasgow, Edinburgh Napier and Liverpool Hope, premiering works by composers teaching at these institutions.

Further plans include a recording of two pianos works for the highly regarded Delphian Records, performances in Germany and Lithuania and commissions from composers such as Nigel Osborne, Lyell Cresswell and Gerhard Staebler. They are also involved in an exciting project called LOLA, exploring the advantages of low latency transfer of digital video and audio to enable rehearsal and performance by musicians in differing/remote locations.

Unlike many piano duos, Lauryna and Nicholas alternate chairs between piano 1 and 2 as dictated by characteristics of each work and respect the need to balance traditional ideas of blending sound quality while preserving each other’s individual qualities of approach to sound; they hope this is reflected in the choice of title for the duo!


Current Repertoire


John Adams

Hallelujah Junction (1996) (in preparation)

Benjamin Britten

Introduction and Rondo alla Burleska (1941)

Johannes Brahms

Variations on the St. Antony Chorale op 54a, Bb major (in preparation)

Sonata, op 34b, F minor (in perparation)

Frederic Francois Chopin

Rondo op.73, C major

Claude Debussy

En blanc et noir (in preparation)

Nocturnes (arr. Ravel) (in preparation)

David Thomas Duncan

Variations (2008/2011) premiere

Drew Hammond

Strata (2010) premiere

Watershed (2011) premiere

Witold Lutoslawski

Paganini Variations (1941)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Introduction and Allegro,  Eb Major

Sonata Kv.448, D major (in preparation)

Francis Poulenc

Sonata for piano duet (1917)

Robert Schumann

Andante and Variations op 54, Bb major (in preparation)

Jane Stanley

Pentimenti (2011) premiere

Alexander Scriabin

Fantasy (op.posth.)

Igor Stravinsky

Sonata (1944)

Concerto for Two Solo Pianos (1935) (in preparation)

Ian Percy

Mystics (for two pianos) 2015

Stephen Pratt

Fast Forward (for two pianos) 2015

Graham Warner

Flux (for two pianos) 2015

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