Ashley Walters | cello


Cellist Ashley Walters has gained attention as an interpreter of new music, a prodigious performer in chamber music, and a dedicated teacher.  After a performance in Los Angeles, Mark Swed of the LA TIMES said: "Ashley Walters, a cellist finishing her doctorate at UCSD, played Berio's late Sequenza XIV with the kind of brilliance that beckons a major new performer on the new music scene." A native of Oak Hill, VA, Ashley holds a DMA in Contemporary Cello Performance from the University of California, San Diego, where she was twice awarded for excellence in teaching for her work with undergraduate students. She graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a MFA in Cello Performance. In 2005, Ashley graduated from Vanderbilt University, Magna Cum Laude. She had her solo debut in 2006 performing Sciarrino's Melancolia I at the REDCAT hall in Los Angeles. In 2008, Ashley worked with Kaija Saariaho performing her work Spins and Spells as part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Ashley is a founding member of the Formalist Quartet, a Los Angeles based new music string quartet that tours in the U.S. and internationally, focusing on adventurous contemporary repertoire.  Ashley has served on the cello faculty of the California State Summer School and as an Associate-in-Music at UCSD and currently serves as faculty at the Academy of Creative Education, the Academy at Harmony Project, and the nief-norf Summer Music Festival. Ashley is currently touring the Pulitzer Prize nominated Ten Freedom Summers by Wadada Leo Smith. This Fall, she has engagements in Los Angeles, DC, Austria, Germany, Italy, and San Francisco. Ashley is currently working on a debut solo album to be released in 2014. It features Sequenza XIV by Luciano Berio and Plainsound-Litany by Wolfgang von Schweinitz as well as new works written for her by Nicholas Deyoe, Andrew McIntosh, and Wadada Leo Smith. 

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