Andrew Ashwin is a baritone, singing teacher and vocal coach. Having enjoyed an operatic and concert career spanning more than ten years, he is now in increasing demand as a singing teacher. He teaches adults and children of all ages and abilities, in a variety of contexts, and has recently been awarded a Distinction in his Diploma for Vocal Teaching from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He has also attained the Certificate of Figure Proficiency from the world-renowned Estill Voice International, one of only twelve people in the UK to hold this voice qualification. Andrew has formal training in classical voice, opera, musical theatre, rock and pop singing.
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As a singer, Andrew is one of the most successful of his generation, having performed operas, concerts and recitals across the UK, Europe, and beyond.
Operatic career highlights include the title role in the
Austrian premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Owen
Wingrave, to high critical acclaim, Junius in a new production of The Rape of Lucretia with the Frankfurt Opera, Mackheath in The Beggar’s Opera in Zurich, the title role in Don Giovanni at the Lismore Festival, Ireland, Danilo in La Veuve Joyeuse in Montpellier, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Grange Park Opera, Dr Malatesta with Opera Theatre Company, Ireland, Schaunard in La Bohème in Dessau, Germany, and two roles in Mexico City: Billy in Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel, and the title role in Milhaud's Les Malheurs d'Orphee.
Other operatic outings include Ercole/Oreste in Cavalli’s
Il Giasone with Vlaamse Opera,
Belgium, Maximillian in Candide,
also at Vlaamse Opera, Mercutio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with Opera Ireland,
Angelotti in Tosca, also with Opera
Ireland, and Guglielmo in a tour of Cosi
fan tutte in Switzerland and southern Germany. Andrew sang
Svegliato/Notaro in Paisiello’s Il
Barbiere di Siviglia in Zurich, as well as Perückenmacher in Ariadne auf Naxos in both Zurich and
Berlin. Other ventures into the Britten repertoire include Novice’s Friend and First Mate inBilly Buddin Bilbao. He has also taken part in a number of high-profile gala concerts, singing
operatic excerpts spanning all genres.
From 2008 to 2009 Andrew was an ensemble member of the
Deutsche Oper, Berlin, where he sang many roles including Morales, Marullo,
Marchese d’Obigny, Le Mouton (in the German premiere of Respighi’s Marie Victoire) and Papageno for a
children’s production of Die Zauberflöte.
Outside Europe Andrew has sung in gala concerts and recitals in Singapore,
Thailand and Malaysia. He has returned to Mexico City a number of times to sing solo works by Bach, Ravel, Poulenc, and Satie.
Andrew is equally at home on the oratorio and recital
circuit. He has sung much of the oratorio repertoire, particularly that of
Handel, Bach, Mozart and Haydn. Notable highlights include Vaughan William’s A Sea Symphony at The Sage Centre,
Gateshead, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem
in Durham Cathedral, and Bach’s Magnificat
in Cadogan Hall, London.
As a recitalist Andrew has explored songs of the English,
German and French tradition in detail, and has also undertaken the larger-scale
works in concert, such as Schumann’s Dichterliebe,
Schubert’s Winterreise, Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, and numerous English
As a child in Newcastle, Andrew discovered music through
piano and trombone lessons, before finding his voice in his late teens. He went
on to study music at The University of Birmingham, and was a post-graduate
student at the Royal College of Music in London. He attained the distinguished
LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) diploma with Distinction in
2004, and a further post-graduate diploma at the Vlaamse Opera Studio in Gent,
Belgium. His final two years as a student were spent at the Zurich
International Opera Studio.