Ashleigh Gordon has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Hong Kong, ranging from solo, chamber and orchestral music settings to off-Broadway and new music productions.
Passionate about contemporary music, Ashleigh performs regularly with Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, NYC’s ECCE Ensemble, Providence’sEnsemble Parallex and is founder and violist of Sound Energy. Her work in the late 20th and 21st century new music world has led her to work and record with Switzerland’s Ensemble Proton, Germany’s Ensemble Modernand Boston’s BMOP. Excited by collaborations, Ashleigh enjoys working with living composers and has worked with Beat Furrer, Thomas Adès, Heinz Holliger, Luca Francesconi, Chaya Czernowin, Steve Reich, Matthias Pintscher and Jeffrey Mumford among many others. Comfortable on an international stage, Ashleigh has performed in Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall (Boston), the DiMenna Center (NYC), SEAMUS Conference for electronic music (Virginia Tech), Konzerthaus Berlin and Oper Frankfurt (Germany),Gare du Nord and Dampfzentrale Bern (Switzerland), Centre Pompidou(Paris), the Lee Hysan Concert Hall (Hong Kong) , and throughout Sofia, Bulgaria as part of the second annual multi-disciplinary 180 Degrees Festival. This season, she is excited to perform with the Grammy-nominated string ensemble A Far Cry and travel to Switzerland for performances at the Ensemble InterContemporain‘s Lucerne Festival.
Ashleigh is a firm believer in holistic teaching and strives to spark curiosity in the arts, foster necessary life skills through music and serve as a mentor to each child. As an advocate of social change through education, she is a viola instructor in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Intensive Community Program (ICP), a rigorous string instrumental program which provides instruction to populations often underrepresented in classical music. Prior to ICP, she served as a teaching artist, mentor and violist of musiConnects, a unique organization serving students, communities and families through the transformative power of chamber music.
Equally invested as an arts entrepreneur, Ashleigh is Co-Artistic Director and violist of Castle of our Skins, a Boston-based concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black Artistry through music. With Castle of our Skins, she has helped create thought-provoking concert experiences that blend music and spoken word with history and culture at the Museum of African American History and Roxbury Community College. As a teaching artist, she has co-designed and led educational workshops for over 1,000 youths in the Greater Boston area primary schools and community centers. In recognition for her innovative advocacy of social and cultural awareness, she has given presentations at IDEAS UMass Boston and 180 Degrees Festival in Sofia, and has been featured in print and on air in the June 2015 International Musician Magazine, the Boston Globe and All Ears podcast.
Ashleigh attended the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt, a year-long program in Germany focused on the study and performance of contemporary music. As the sole IEMA violist, she studied and performed with members of Ensemble Modern with highlight appearances at IRCAM (Paris),Royaumont Abbeye (France), and the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (Germany). Continuing her new music passion throughout her summers, Ashleigh has participated in numerous festivals in Germany, Austria, France, England and North America including the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and 46 Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany studying with the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Modern and Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne among others. Along with receiving a Master of Contemporary Music degree from IEMA, Ashleigh received degrees in viola performance from the New England Conservatory and Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. Her primary teachers include Carol Rodland and Louise Zeitlin with supplemental solo and chamber music studies with Stephen Drury, Eric Rosenblith and Mai Motobuchi of the Borromeo String Quartet. She is a 2015 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award recipient and can be heard on chamber music and orchestral recordings under the Mode, Siemens, BMOP/Sound, Navona and Musiques-Suisse record labels.
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Work for solo viola by composer, conductor and oboist Heinz Holliger.
A setting of American text by composer Anthony Green for soprano, viola and piano.
An excerpt from a live performance with The International Ensemble Modern Academy at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt, Germany. The work, which features seven continuous movements for solo viola, ensemble and electronics, was written by the German composer Stephen Winkler.