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Cellist, Ashley Garritson, has a distinguished career as an international soloist, chamber and orchestral musician.  She has collaborated with the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Del Sol Quartet, members of the Juilliard String Quartet, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) of Chicago, and the Vols Quartet as well as with other chamber music groups internationally.  Recent solo engagements include appearances with the Indiana University Wind Ensemble this past February, where she 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 Symphony Wind Ensemble, the Kammergild Chamber Orchestra, the Jefferson Symphony, the St. Joseph Symphony Orchestra, and the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. The Piedmont Post heralded her sound as “…exceptionally deep-toned, providing warmth…”
Additional activities include attending Tanglewood Music Center, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Festival and the Yellow Barn Music Festival, where she performed and worked with artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Janos Starker, Lynn Harrell, the Paris Trio, the Vermeer and Ying Quartets.  Ashley has served as principal cellist of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and is currently Principal Cello of the Miami Symphony.  She performs worldwide as a founding member of both the Agam String Quartet and Sapphire Piano Trio.  Ashley has also performed with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Charles Dutoit, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Alan Gilbert, and others. 
Ashley 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 recently performed the world premiere of Aaron Travers’ Cello Concerto, which was 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. "Garritson plays with burnished tone and deep sensitivity." -The Miami Herald