Musical Influences:
Luciano Pavarotti, Jascha Heifetz, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Greatest feeling:
Walking on stage and getting to share myself with an audience. It’s a thrill and a high unlike anything in the world.

What have you been listening to lately:
Maria Callas, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Gould, Vladimir Horowitz, Astor Piazzolla…

Personal motto:
Anything is possible.

Three words that best describe you:
Passionate, Optimistic, Curious

Greatest perk of your profession:
Getting to travel.

Favorite Movies:
Cinema Paradiso, Spirited Away

Favorite types of books:

What do you love about the saxophone:
It can be played with such emotional intensity yet subtletly, sing like a voice, and effortlessly project in the largest of halls. It’s capable of an incredible beauty. It also has a mainstream appeal that makes it perfect for reaching new and broader audiences.

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Ashu

  1. The first recital he ever performed took place at Carnegie Hall.
  2. Inspired to start playing the saxophone after hearing a busker on a dark street corner while growing up in San Francisco.
  3. Growing up without a music player or any albums at home, his first CD was of Luciano Pavarotti, which made him want to become a concert soloist.
  4. While growing up, was constantly told that a solo classical career on the saxophone wasn’t possible and was repeatedly urged to give it up.
  5. Has won the top prize in every competition he has entered (over 20 total).
  6. Won First Place at a swimming championships in the butterfly stroke.
  7. Has gotten to travel around the world: Japan, South Africa, Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, India, Venezuela, Canada, England, Portugal, Switzerland, Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Finland, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Poland, Austria…
  8. Receives fan mail daily from around the world.
  9. Has arranged over 60 works for saxophone and piano in the past few years, from Rachmaninoff and Korngold to Morricone and Piazzolla.