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Nov. 16 - Symphonic Dances - Soloist: Leslie Ashworth

November 12, 2019

Described by Toronto Concert Reviews as “a mature artist and a budding superstar”, Canadian violinist Leslie Ashworth has performed in France, Italy, Canada, and the United States in acclaimed venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, The Banff Centre’s Rolston Hall, and Toronto’s Koerner Hall. A Tim and Frances Price Scholarship recipient, she received her Bachelor of Music Performance from The Glenn Gould School under Barry Shiffman and Paul Kantor. Ashworth was on the Dean’s List throughout her studies and, upon graduating, she was awarded the Sir Edmund Walker Scholarship from The Glenn Gould School. She is pursuing her Masters of Music on the John Tsung-Chen Chao Scholarship at Rice University in Houston.

Ashworth has participated in renowned music festivals including Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Boris Brott Music Festival's National Academy Orchestra, The Banff Centre’s Strings Masterclass Program, Aspen Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. She has performed in masterclasses of acclaimed artists including Miriam Fried, Steven Tenenbom, Donald Weilerstein, James Ehnes, and Leon Fleisher.  

In addition to her violin studies, Ashworth is a pianist, violist, and composer. She achieved her ARCT Violin, Viola, and Piano Performance, earning the Royal Conservatory’s National Gold Medal for ARCT Viola. She also enjoys playing jazz piano, studied Celtic fiddling in Cape Breton Island, and has written over 30 original pieces. A passionate writer, Ashworth participated in the Emerging Arts Critic Programme with publications in WholeNote, OperaCanada, and Dance Current. She received the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award for founding Suite Melody Care, which shares over 100 themed, interactive, volunteer performances annually with hospital patients and the elderly in Canada and the U.S. Ashworth plays on a 1696 Albani violin on loan from a generous benefactor and released her third CD/DVD. Visit Ashworth’s website: leslieashworth.ca.

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