Jordan Ashman – a 19 year old young percussionist from Cambridge, won the 2022 BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN competition with a stunning performance of Jennifer Higdon’s concerto for percussion at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. Anna Lapwood the chair of the judges said
“Jordan Ashman’s performance started not with loud, flashy playing, but with exquisite, gentle beauty. He held the entire room throughout that delicate opening and kept that magic through his whole performance.
“Jordan combined emotional expression with an easy, assured technique, and moments of brilliance that made all of us catch our breath”.
Jordan previously attended Junior Royal Academy of Music, and Junior Royal College of Music. He was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain for 5 years, played with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for two, and is currently the principal percussionist of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.
He has won many awards, including the ‘most promising’ player in the Southern Percussion International Competition 2021, the Davison Young Musician’s Patron’s Award 2021, and with a percussion trio, the Junior RCM Chamber Music Competition, resulting in a Young Artists’ performance at the Wigmore Hall, London.
Currently studying at Birmigham Conservatoire, Jordan’s soloist career is already taking off with performances at The Thaxted and Cheltenham Festivals and forthcoming performances at Birmingham Symphony Hall, St David’s Hall Cardiff and Leeds International Concert series.
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