Emmanuel “Manny” Vass is currently enjoying the number 3 position in the UK Classical music chart with his debut album “Sonic Waves”. The only thing stopping his rise to the top is Andre Rieu & Johann Strauss Orchestra and Essential Einaudi by Ludovico Einaudi. Manny is not too upset however, as he is amongst classical music royalty and that’s not bad for a Yorkshire carpenter’s son.
Emmanuel as named as ‘one to watch’ by The Independent and ‘rising star’ by BBC Music Magazine and as ‘unsigned artist of the month’ by Yamaha and 26 year old Emmanuel Vass is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most charismatic pianists on the contemporary scene.
2013 saw the launch of his first recording From Bach To Bond and his first UK recital tour under the same heading, which took in seven venues across the North of England and columned in his London debut at Steinway Hall with a subsequent performance at St James’ Piccadilly both of which attracted considerable media interest, including a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. He was also broadcast on Classic FM in October 2014.
The From Bach to Bond title Emmanuel chose for the recording and tour reflects both his eclectic taste in music and his versatility as a pianist. He is at was with the challenges of Bach as with the demanding pianistic technique required for his own arrangements - in the manner of Liszt - of the James Bond theme and Bohemian Rhapsody. (His performances of these have drawn huge attention on Youtube).
Emmanuel’s supreme versatility is also revealed in the calibre and variety of his recent engagements His busy solo recital day has included performances at The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Sheffield Cathedral, Leeds College of Music, the Long Gallery at Castle Howard and Hexham Abbey. He has also performed at the Steinway Hall, Queen’s Theatre, West End; 1901 Arts Club Waterloo, St Lawrence Jewry and St James’ Piccadilly. He has performed for Lord Levy and the Russian Ambassador in the Golden Room in Kensington Palace Gardens, for the Filipino ambassador at St Sepulchre’s Church, London and for the French Ambassador at The Lowry Theatre in Salford. At the Variety Club Jubilee Ball her played for the Prince and Princess of Monaco on the same programme as The Manfreds, Blake and Lulu.
In September 2012 he made his first BBC Radio 3 appearance as part of a Radio 3 Masterclass. Presented by David Owen-Norris and filmed in front of a live audience at BBC Broadcasting House, London the Masterclass is available to watch on the BBC YouTube channel.
Notes for Editors:
Emmanuel Vass was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in East Yorkshire. Having passed Grade 8 piano with distinction at the age of 15 he subsequently studied with Robert Markham at Yorkshire Young Musicians, the Centre for the Advanced Training for Gifted Young Musicians based at Leeds College of Music. This was followed by four years at the Royal Northern College of Music, where Manny studied with John Gough and was supported by scholarships from the Leverhulme Scholarship Trust and the Sir John Manduell Scholarship Trust. He graduated in 2011.
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