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, Typical Music and her newly formed quintet, Bonjour.
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 2014/15 season. Other upcoming commissions include works by Ted Hearne, Erdem Helvacioglu, Jascha Narveson, Kate Moore, Todd Reynolds, Neil Rolnick and Fay Wang.
TwoSense is a New York based duo and commissioning venture established by Ashley and pianist Lisa Moore. Described as the “new music equivalent of a special ops team” (New York Magazine), an “excellent duo” and “eloquent new-music interpreters” (New York Times) TwoSense frequently expand their creative boundaries collaborating with other musicians and artists. After a successful NYC debut at (le) Poisson Rouge, Allan Kozinn of The New York Times wrote: “however TwoSense proceeds – whether purely as a duo or an open-ended chamber project- it's adventures should be worth following.” During the 2011-12 season they appeared at Bargemusic, the Rubin Museum, Roulette, the Detroit Institute of the Arts and the Bang on a Can 25th Anniversary Marathon at the World Financial Center. Future commissions include works by Paul Dresher, Amy Kirsten and Jack Perla, with grants received from Meet the Composer, Barlow and Fromm Foundations.
Typical Music, is a new chamber music syndicate created with fellow New York musicians; violinist Todd Reynolds and pianist Vicky Chow. They formed around the eponymous Piano Trio by composer/clarinetist, Evan Ziporyn, and a commitment to cultivating new music.Together these three artists bring a fresh and atypically fierce approach to the storied ensemble of the Piano Trio. Typical Music has been presented at (le) Poisson Rouge, The Guggenheim Museum, Rockport Music, Gracemusic, Grand Valley State University and the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MassMoCA. Upcoming commissions include works by Florent Ghys, Erdem Helvacioglu and Lukas Ligeti. You can find out more about the trio at typicalmusic.org
Bonjour is not quite your average chamber ensemble. With a rather uncharacteristic instrumentation, this quintet alters the rules of the game. Formed around the music of composer and bassist, Florent Ghys, they made there official debut at NYC's Flea Theater in the spring of 2012. Eleonore Oppenheim and Florent Ghys are upright basses, James Moore is a National Steel Guitar, Owen Weaver is percussion, Ashley is a cello … and they are all voices. Upcoming performances include appearances at the Metropolitan Room and Spectrum in NYC as well as the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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.
For more information, please visit www.ashleybathgate.com.