British bassoonist Ashby Mayes is a postgraduate student with Prof. Ole Kristian Dahl at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim. He graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal College of Music where he studied with Joost Bosdijk, Sarah Burnett and Martin Field. His postgraduate studies are generously supported by the Royal Philharmonic Society where he is a Julius Isserlis Scholar, the Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Craxton Memorial Trust. He was previously been supported by Michael Attenborough through the Richard Attenborough Trust, the Golden Charitable Trust, the Everest Lewis Golden Foundation, Talent Unlimited, Future Talent, Awards for Young Musicians and the Leverhulme Trust through the National Youth Wind Orchestra where he was Leader of the 2018 Orchestra. Previously, Ashby studied with Pete Harrison with full scholarships at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music and Wells Cathedral School.
Ashby has performed with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn and as Principal with the Bath Festival Orchestra, Deutsche Philharmonie Merck and Cappella Aquileia / Opernfestspiele Heidenheim amongst others. He has performed at all major venues in the UK, as well as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musiikkitalo Helsinki, Konserthuset in Gothenburg & Sweden and the KKL Luzern and recorded at Abbey Road Studios and RAF Northolt Studios. Ashby is a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra 2022 and was a reserve member of the European Union Youth Orchestra in 2020. He has performed under the baton of Sir Colin Davies, Edward Gardner, Martyn Brabbins and Jac van Steen and has played alongside Sergio Azzolini, Maximiliano Martín and Stefan Dohr. As a soloist, Ashby made his solo debut at Wigmore Hall in November 2021 performing at the RPS Awards and is delighted to be performing a solo recital at the Ryedale Festival this year.
During his time at the RCM, he was a Douglas & Adele Gardner Award Holder, took part in the English National Opera Evolve Scheme, won third place in the RCM Concerto Competition and in his final year at the RCM, won the Howarth of London Bassoon Prize & the overall Woodwind Prize. In May 2022 he received the President’s Award presented by HRH The Prince of Wales for “exceptional contribution to promoting the work of the Royal College of Music in the wider community”. In 2021, he founded MayesMusic, his very own music publishing site to sell his own arrangements which are being performed all over the world and are now stocked and sold at Howarth of London & Tutti Fagotti (Hamburg). He has been featured on the Classic FM website playing multitrack recordings of his own original arrangements which have been published by KOR Publications. Ashby teaches privately and has tutored on the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and is delighted to be a Lead Ambassador for the Benedetti Foundation. He is proud to be a sponsored Georg Rieger GmbH Artist as well as a RATStands Artist. When not playing the bassoon, he enjoys everything tech, playing Spikeball and cycling.
Ashby plays on a Heckel 13000 Series Bassoon.