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Ashley Solomon, Flute

As Director of Florilegium much of Ashley’s time is spent working and performing with Florilegium, the ensemble he co-founded in 1991. Florilegium have been recording with Channel Classics since 1993 and have to date made 30 recordings, many of which have garnered international awards.  As a soloist, he has performed worldwide, including concertos in the Sydney Opera House, Esplanade (Singapore), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Handel-Haus (Halle) and Frick Collection (New York). Combining a successful career across both theory and practice, Ashley is Chair and Head of Historical Performance at London’s Royal College of Music, having been appointed a professor there in 1994. In 2000 he was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Music (HonRCM) and in July 2017 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music (FRAM), for outstanding services to music, which was conferred on him by HRH the Duchess of Gloucester. He has given masterclasses at Conservatories worldwide. In 2002 Florilegium became involved with Bolivian Baroque and since 2003 Ashley has been training vocalists and instrumentalists there. He formed Arakaendar Bolivia Choir in 2005 and has directed them in concerts throughout Bolivia, North America and Europe and on their three recordings. In 2008 Ashley was the first European to receive the prestigious Bolivian Hans Roth Prize, given in recognition of the enormous assistance he has given to the Bolivian native Indians, their presence on the international stage and the promotion and preservation of this music.

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