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Cellist Ashley Bathgate
Cello, Festival Artist Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Ashley Bathgate

American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter” (New York Times) and who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops” (New York Magazine). The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate's philosophy as a performer. 

Bathgate was a member of the acclaimed sextet Bang on a Can All-Stars for ten years. She is a member of the chamber music group HOWL, TwoSense with pianist Lisa Moore, and Bonjour, a low-strung, percussive quintet. Bathgate is also a part of the Mammoth Trio–with pianist Lisa Moore and violinist Elly Toyda–wich makes their Norfolk debut this summer. 

Among her recordings are her debut solo album, Stories for Ocean Shells (2016), featuring a set of works for cello composed by Lisa Moore. Bathgate also commissioned the ‘composer collective’ Sleeping Giant to write ASH, a six-movement suite for solo cello on released on New Amsterdam Records (2019). Her forthcoming album, 8 Track, featuring new multitrack works by Alex Weiser and Emily Cooley, as well as a new rendition of Steve Reich’s Cello Counterpoint, is due this season on New Focus Recordings. 

​Bathgate’s radio/television appearances include performances on BBC Radio 3,WQXR’s Meet the Composer podcast, NPR’s Performance Today, Late Night and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon among othersShe has also recorded for several podcasts presented by Wondery, Gimlet and Stitcher.

​Bathgate studied at Bard College with Luis Garcia-Renart before continuing her education at Yale University with renowned cellist Aldo Parisot. Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Bathgate began her cello studies with the late Rudolf Doblin, principal cellist and assistant music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic in the 1950’s. After his passing, she resumed her tutelage with Ann Alton at Skidmore College. Bathgate resides in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Albany Records, Cantaloupe Music, Innova Recordings, La-La Land Records, Naxos, New Amsterdam Records, Nonesuch, Starkland,  Uffda Records