Ashley Bathgate Artist-In-Residence (Cello)

American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music
interpreter”(New York Times) and “a glorious cellist”(The Washington Post) who combines
“bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops”(New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”,
“rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought

after performers of her time. 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.
Dynamism drives her to venture into previously uncharted areas of ground-breaking sounds and
techniques, breaking the mold of a cello's traditionally perceived voice. Collaborators and fans
alike describe her vitality as nothing short of remarkable and magical for all who are involved.
For the past ten years Bathgate was a member of the acclaimed sextet Bang on a Can All-Stars.
She is also a member of the chamber music group HOWL, TwoSense with pianist Lisa Moore,
and Bonjour, a low-strung, percussive quintet. In 2015 Bathgate gave the world premiere of
What Moves You, a collaborative performance project with jookin’ dance sensation Lil Buck at
the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, NC, as well as the world premiere of a new Cello
Concerto written for her by Kate Moore for the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht, NL.
Subsequently, she released her debut album, Stories For Ocean Shells, featuring a set of works
for solo cello composed by Moore, which was released in 2016 on Cantaloupe Music. That year
Bathgate also commissioned the ‘composer collective’ Sleeping Giant to write ASH, a six-
movement suite for solo cello. Both ASH and her latest 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, will be commercially released this coming season. Most recently, she premiered a
new evening length work by Michael Gordon, House Music, at the 2018 Cello Biennale in
Amsterdam, NL.

Bathgate’s radio/television appearances include performances on BBC Radio 3, WKCR, WMHT,
WQXR’s Meet the Composer podcast with Nadia Sirota, NPR’s Performance Today, WYNC’s
New Sounds Live, SiriusXM, Late Night and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Her
recorded work can be found on Albany Records, Cantaloupe Music, Innova Recordings, La-La
Land Records, Naxos, New Amsterdam, Nonesuch, Starkland and Uffda Records. She has also
recorded for several podcasts presented by Wondery, Gimlet and Stitcher.
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. From there she
continued on to study at Bard College with Luis Garcia-Renart (B.M.) and then at the Yale
University School of Music with renowned cellist, Aldo Parisot (M.M. & A.D).
Bathgate resides in Saratoga Springs, NY. (