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Ashley Vandiver

Acclaimed by the Denver Post as “wonderfully expressive…polished and carefree”, American violinist Ashley Vandiver has performed in over thirty countries on five continents. Beyond her engagements with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ms. Vandiver spends her summer months as a member of The Santa Fe Opera Company Orchestra. Ashley has performed regularly with The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Saint-Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Knights NYC, The Canadian Opera Company, and The National Ballet of Canada.

Prior to immigrating to Canada in 2012, Ashley was a founding member of the Grammy nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry; Internationally recognized with performances across the globe and five albums, the orchestra “brims with personality or, better, personalities, many and varied” - The New York Times.

Ms. Vandiver has performed at major chamber music festivals and orchestral institutes across North America and Europe, including Ravinia Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and Yellow Barn. She was also a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra where she held the position of Principal 2nd Violin under Maestro James Levine.

Currently a member of the violin faculty at The University of Ottawa, she has also served on the violin faculties of Wellesley College (MA) and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Project STEP, a comprehensive training program for talented children from underrepresented Boston communities. Since 2014 Ms. Vandiver has been an adjudicator for Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of The United States of America.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music with Distinction in violin performance, she then went on to receive her Master of Music Degree from the Royal Conservatory in the Netherlands. Her principal teachers include Vera Beths, James Buswell, Kenneth Goldsmith and Laura Bossert.