American cellist Ashley Bathgate was born in 1985 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and began cello studies at age 12. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has appeared at the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, Barge Music, Le Poisson Rouge, Merkin Hall, and Carnegie's Zankel Hall, to name a few. She made her official New York Debut in Carnegie's Weill Hall with noted pianist Todd Crow in 2008. Ashley has also been a featured artist on WMHT FM, WQXR FM's 'Young Artist Showcase', and NPR's 'Performance Today'. She has frequently been invited to perform as a soloist with orchestra, including appearances with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, the Windham Chamber Players and in performances of the d'Albert and Barber cello concertos with the American Symphony Orchestra, directed by Leon Botstein. Most recently she appeared as a guest artist with the Greater Newburgh Symphony and the Yale Philharmonia. She is also a member of the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble, the Bang on a Can All Stars. Ashley was a full scholarship student at Bard college and recently received her Master's Degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale University School of Music where she studied with renowned cellist and professor, Aldo Parisot. Among her many awards are a grant from the New York Philharmonic Players Fund sponsored by Stephen and Elaine Stamas, top prizes in the Lois Lyman concerto competition ('99 & '01, an unprecedented achievement), the Hugo Kauder Memorial Strings competition in 2006 and the 2008 Yale University School of Music Woolsey Hall concerto competition. Most recently, Ashley's newly formed Lorien Trio received the Bronze Medal at the 2009 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.