Canadian violinist, pianist, violist and composer Leslie Ashworth has performed in Italy, Quebec, the Aspen Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Koerner Hall and the Vancouver Convention Centre. She is the winner of the Grand Prize in the Canadian Music Competition and gold medalist of the Passion of Music International Competition in New York City. Ashworth has achieved her ARCT in both Violin and Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory.
Asworth has participated in numerous renowned festivals including the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy (2018), Domaine Forget (2018), Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (2017), Brott Music Festival’s National Academy Orchestra (2017), New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall (2016) and the Strings Masterclass Program at the Banff Centre (2013-2016). She has performed in master classes of renowned artists, such as Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Glenn Dicterow, Ilya Kaler, James Ehnes and Leon Fleisher. She also received the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award for founding the Suite Melody Care program. Ashworth plays on a 1696 Albani violin and an anonymous 18th Century viola on loan to her by generous benefactors. She has released her third CD/DVD. A recipient of The Tim and Frances Price Scholarship, Ashworth is studying her Bachelor of Music Performance at the Glenn Gould School with Barry Shiffman and Paul Kantor. To hear Leslie perform live, visit leslieashworth.ca.
Ashworth is passionate about reading and writing and is thrilled to be participating in the Emerging Arts Critic programme this season.