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David van Asch (Bass-Baritone)

Born: England

The English bass-baritone, David van Asch, started his career as a singer at the age of 10, when he won a scholarship to sing as a boy soprano in the famous King's College Choir Cambridge. He has been singing almost every day since. Later, when he was 19, he returned with another scholarship to sing in the same choir, this time as a bass. In addition to his musical commitments as a singer and trumpet player, van Asch studied economics and anthropology.

When David van Asch left University in 1969 he founded The Scholars, and has since dedicated most of his time to the ensemble both as singer and organiser, travelling with them to more than fifty countries. In 1974 he gave his London debut recital as a soloist, and since then has performed as a soloist in oratorio and recital work in England, France, Germany, Norway, Spain and South America. In the early 1980’s he sang Schubert’s Winterreise in Germany and Paris, Gustav Mahler’s Kindertödenlieder at the Barcelona Music Festival and the Bach’s Mass in B minor (BWV 232) in Norway.

In 1987 David van Asch founded The Scholars Baroque Ensemble, which has rapidly established itself as one of the major Early Music ensembles with its frequent performances and critically-acclaimed recordings for the Naxos label.

David van Asch also enjoys teaching and has directed many courses for singers and choir directors. In particular, he directs the annual Festival of Voices which takes place in August of each year in Altafulla, near Tarragona on the Spanish Mediterranean coast where he has his home.

Source: Booklet ‘The Scholars - Masters of the Vocal Quartet’ (1982-1983); The Scholars Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2001)

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