Ashley FreeburnPittsburgh, PA
Ashley Freeburn, violinist, is an active performer from the Pittsburgh area. Ashley’s first love is chamber music. She is a founding member of the Freya String Quartet, with whom she has performed extensively throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North and South Carolina. Ashley is also a founding member of the Bell’Art Ensemble, whose house concert series, the Living Room Chamber Music Project, has become a local staple in the Pittsburgh music scene. An active proponent of new music, Ashley has premiered and performed several new works by living composers, both in recital and as a member of the Freya String Quartet. With FSQ, Ashley has served as a member of the quartet in residence at the Charlotte New Music Festival.
Ashley is frequently heard on Pittsburgh’s local classical music station, 89.3 WQED, performing both with members of the Freya String Quartet and with members of the Bell’Art Ensemble. Ashley is also frequently heard on Pittsburgh’s independent radio station, 91.3 WYEP, in recording with several of Pittsburgh’s finest singer-songwriters, including Joy Ike, Ben Hardt, Tim Ruff, Paul Luc, and Julianna Carr.
Ashley believes in music as a means for cross-cultural dialogue. She has traveled to Ireland, Ghana, and Turkey to teach, work, and make music with local musicians. She is very interested in folk music, native influences, and local sounds.
Ashley currently serves as violin faculty at the Center for Young Musicians. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music with David Updegraff, and her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University with Cyrus Forough.
Charlotte New Music Festival: June 20, 2013
Ashley’s ensemble, the Freya String Quartet, was the quartet in residence at the Charlotte New Music Festival in 2013 and 2014. This video is the festival concert that took place on June 20, 2013. Members of the quartet joined members of the Charlotte Symphony and other guest artists to perform works by faculty and student composers.
Ashley is featured in the following pieces:
“Broomstick” by Lawrence Dillon 11:30
“String Quartet No. 2” by Chung Eun Kim 28:56
“Purple Monkey Dishwasher” by Paul Watkins 53:12
Ashley is a founding member of the Living Room Chamber Music Project and its core performing group, the Bell’Art Ensemble. The concert series takes place in homes around Pittsburgh, PA, and has become an underground staple in the Pittsburgh music scene.
Here, along with other members of the Bell’Art Ensemble, Ashley premieres “Dislocated Sequence 1.0” by Pittsburgh composer and performance artist, Stephen Pellegrino.