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ASHLEY GARRITSON

Cello, Principal

Miami, Florida

BIOGRAPHY

Award-Winning Cellist, Ms. Garritson has a distinguished career as an international soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She has concertized with the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Del Sol Quartet, members of the Juillard String Quartet, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) of Chicago, and the Vols Quartet as well as with other chamber music groups. Most recent solo engagements include appearances with the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, performing the Aaron Travers Cello Concerto; Miami Symphony, where she performed the South Florida premiere of the Marc O’Connor Double Concerto with Daniel Andai, with the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Wind Ensemble, the Kammerfild Chamber Orchestra, the Jefferson Symphony, the St. Joseph Symphony Orchestra, and the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. Garritson has served as principal cellist of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Principal Cello of the Miami Symphony (2007-2011), and is currently Principal Cello of both the Miami City Ballet and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. She performs worldwide as a founding member of the Agam String Quartet and the Sapphire Piano Trio. Garritson currently serves as Artistic Director of the Monteverdi Festival of the Arts in Tuscany, Italy. She is also Adjunct Professor of Cello at Broward College in Davie, Florida. In May 2010, she was granted the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Cello Performance by the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, where she performed the world premiere of Aaron Travers’ Cello Concerto, commissioned by the University for her and the Frost Wind Ensemble. She was also the solo cellist in the world premiere of the Maslanka Trombone Concerto with wind ensemble.