Emmanuel was born in the Philippines and grew up in East Yorkshire. He passed Grade 8 Piano with distinction at 15, and successfully auditioned for Yorkshire Young Musicians, a centre of advanced training for gifted young musicians which takes place at Leeds College of Music. Whilst there he studied with Robert Markham, who himself studied at the Julliard School of Music in Manhattan, New York.

Manny Vass is quickly establishing himself as a fresh, modern and vibrant performer who can effortlessly handle the challenges presented by varied repertoire on any given occasion. His recent collaboration with Jimi Goodwin from the band 'Doves', which was broadcast live on BBC radio, being but one.

Emmanuel regularly performs at functions and high-end events all across Britain, showcasing a diverse musical repertoire ranging from Bach to Queen, whilst also keeping a busy solo performance concert diary at venues such as Chester Cathedral, Ryedale Music Festival, Fylde Recital Society and Beverley Minster. Recent appearances include an invitation to perform in the Long Gallery at Castle Howard, Malton and a recital at the Carmelite monastery Thicket Priory. Following a performance for Lord Levy and the Russian ambassador in the Golden Room within Kensington Palace Gardens, Manny has given a recital for the French ambassador at the world famous Lowry theatre, Manchester. He has also featured alongside international artists The Manfreds, "popera" boy band Blake, and Lulu to perform for the Prince and Princess of Monaco as part of the Variety Club Jubilee Ball. 

The Program for Emmanuel's recital will be: 


Johann Sebastian Bach  (1685 - 1750)

Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971

Early eighteenth century musical tastes are predominantly concerned with the differences in national styles across Europe.  In 1735 the Italian Concerto was published alongside the French Overture, BWV 831 to form Part II of Bach's Clavierübung, meaning, "keyboard practice". Bach's ability to effortlessly assimilate all the available styles or forms into his compositional technique are demonstrated perfectly by this concerto, which by definition traditionally calls for the contrasts between a full orchestra against a smaller group of instrumentalists. In this solo keyboard work, Bach originally achieved this juxtaposition of orchestral effects by calling for a specific instrument, a double manual harpsichord, which possessed greater dynamic possibilities than the traditional harpsichord of the period.

Michael Betteridge

Study #405 - World premiere

Manny and I go way back so I was absolutely delighted when he asked me to compose a piece for him.  Despite having known each other for 5 years or so we've never collaborated on anything musically!  Manny has a real knack for melody, phrasing and creating beautiful shapes within pieces which this programme demonstrates.  To counteract this, I decided to compose a work that was very rhythmic and methodical, hence the title 'Study #405'.  The piece itself is constructed from a series of pitches (7 to be precise) that rotate through a rhythm (usually of 6 moments) to create an isorhythm where the pitches and their initial placement in the rhythm only realign every so often.  This creates a rather mechanical feel throughout the work.  Rather than developing the material in a classical/traditional sense, I've used blocks of material and inserted them after a rotation or two of each isorhythmic idea.  The '405' in the title comes, somewhat arbitrarily, from the number of my flat, although, being a converted mill, one could see the piece as an architectural interpretation of the various juxtaposed components of the building, exposed craggy brickwork against very white and clean modern walls.  This is a common feature of converted buildings in Manchester City Centre where Manny and I both live.

Chopin  (1810 - 1849)

2 Nocturnes, Op.27

From miniature scale preludes and mazurkas to expansive ballades and scherzi, Chopin's prolific output for solo piano forms an essential part of the pianistic repertoire. These two nocturnes are arguably his well-known and best-crafted nocturnes, whilst this opus signifies the shift from grouping nocturnes as triplets to instead coupling them, which works particularly well for these two contrasting nocturnes. The opening nocturne is full of sorrow, melancholy and emotional turmoil; the second nocturne is a tranquil, full of joy and sunshine.

John Barry, arranged Emmanuel Vass

James Bond Concert Etude

As a Yorkshire lad, it is an immense pleasure to be playing my own self-arranged concert etude of James Bond film themes originally composed by fellow Yorkshire lad John Barry. In this piece, I have woven together three of the best-known themes from the films Goldfinger; You Only Live Twice and the 007 theme. Bond meets Liszt - I hope you enjoy it!

Gershwin, arranged Percy Grainger

Love walked in

George Gershwin originally wrote "Loved Walked In" for the 1938 film, "The Goldwyn Follies". As was the standard practice at the time, artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra subsequently sang acclaimed cover versions of this song. The popularity and longevity of Gershwin's songs have made him a staple of the Great American songbook repertoire.  Australian pianist Percy Grainger was well known for arranging folk and popular melodies for the piano, and this arrangement brings together very lyrical and expressive writing alongside virtuosic and dazzling pianist effects.


L'isle joyeuse

L'isle joyeuse, "The Happy Isle", is a one movement, large scale and almost symphonic piece for solo piano composed in 1904. Despite the huge range of colours and textures needed for this piece across its contrasting, undulating melodies and sections, the central relationship that exists across the whole work is based upon material that uses whole-tone scales, Lydian and diatonic scales. These scales, common in the far-Eastern musical traditions, were considered unusual within a Western classical tradition but were originally brought into Debussy's compositional technique by the World Expositions held in Paris throughout the 18th Century. A highly energetic and exciting piece, the cumulative ending sounds like it is about to take off!



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