After attending Dean Close School, Cheltenham, Ashok went on to study at Clare College, Cambridge, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
Ashok now pursues a varied musical career as accompanist, repetiteur, organist, fortepianist, harpsichordist, solo pianist and continuo player. He has collaborated with artists such as Dame Ann Murray and Daniel Pailthorpe. He has worked with English National Opera, Dijon Opera, Dutch National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera and has performed as organist at the BBC Proms, Chapel Royal and Westminster Abbey. He has worked with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Corelli Ensemble and recently collaborated with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed as pianist and organist on several live BBC broadcasts.
As a pianist he has performed in various international festivals and made his debut at Birmingham Symphony Hall in November 2014. In February 2015 he performed the Skryabin Piano Concerto with Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra.
Ashok also maintains a busy career as a continuo player and has recorded a number of times for the Hyperion label, most recently with the Arcangelo ensemble.
He is currently studying for an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma at Birmingham Conservatoire and, in November 2015, received the Musicians’ Company Silver Medal.
In 2016, Ashok will play continuo with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Glyndebourne Festival’s Le nozze di Figaro.
Ashok’s teachers are Margaret Fingerhut and Charles Owen.
Photograph: Tim Hill