A native of Saratoga Springs, NY, cellist Ashley Bathgate has gained international renown as both a soloist and chamber musician. The New York Times writes, “Ms. Bathgate's rich tone, fluid dynamics and imaginative phrasing captured the magic.” Equally at home in both the concert hall and the rock club, Ashley focuses on presenting concerts that draw from a wide range of musical genres. Her dedication to performing traditional music is equally matched by her passion to promote new music by today's composers. She is a member of the award winning, internationally acclaimed Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Metropolis Ensemble and three chamber groups of which she is a founding member: TwoSense, Bonjour and the newly formed collaboration, Samadhi.
As a soloist Ashley has performed on many of the world's great stages including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Musiekgebouw and the Barbican. Her radio/television appearances include performances on WQXR FM’s Young Artist Showcase, NPR's Performance Today, WYNC's New Sounds Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She has recorded for Naxos, Nonesuch, Innova, Cantaloupe Music, La-La Land Records, and Albany Records. Currently, Ashley is embarking on a collaboration with the Brooklyn-based composer collective Sleeping Giant, who will write her a six-movement suite for solo cello to be premiered during the 2015/16 season on the Metropolis Resident Artist Series in NYC. This past September she also premiered a new, large-scale work for solo cello and chamber orchestra by Australian composer, Kate Moore, and has recorded an album of her solo cello works which will be released in May 2015 on Cantaloupe. Other upcoming commissions include works by Stephen Feigenbaum, Erdem Helvacioglu, Jascha Narveson, Todd Reynolds, and Neil Rolnick.
Ashley received her bachelor's degree from Bard College under the tutelage of Luis Garcia-Renart and a master's degree from Yale University where she continued her studies with renowned cellist Aldo Parisot. She currently resides in Manhattan, NY.
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