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George Vass studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music; he made his professional conducting debut in London, aged twenty-two. As Artistic Director of Orchestra Nova, he has appeared at many of the UK’s major concert halls and festivals. As a guest conductor he has worked with a wide variety of ensembles including the Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National and Ulster orchestras, the London Mozart Players, Oxford Orchestra da Camera and the Malmö Opera and
Moravian Philharmonic orchestras. He has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Channel 4 television. He was appointed Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Welsh-based Presteigne Festival in 1992, having held a similar position with London’s Hampstead and Highgate Festival from 2004 until 2009. In his dual career as conductor and festival director, George Vass
maintains a strong interest in the performance of contemporary music, and has commissioned and premiered a wide variety of major new works from leading composers including Sally Beamish, David Matthews, John McCabe, Cecilia McDowall, Paul Patterson, Joseph Phibbs, Peter Sculthorpe, Huw Watkins and Hugh Wood. George Vass has made over twenty successful recordings for the Dutton Epoch, British Guitar Society, Guild, Naxos, Medici-Whitehall, SOMM and Toccata Classics labels. His rapidly growing discography mirrors
his particularly wide interest in British music, from Purcell and Handel, via Elgar, Holst and Vaughan Williams to David Matthews, John McCabe and Cecilia McDowall. He was a member of the judging panel for the 2012 BBC Young Musician competition and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2002.