Ashlee Booth (b.1993, West Palm Beach, FL) is a native Floridian and freelance cellist currently residing in the Scruffy City (Knoxville, TN) situated in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Ashlee is a classically trained cellist who specializes in contemporary music. Ashlee has performed with the local contemporary music organization nief-norf in their Knoxville Concert Series and at the Big Ears Festival. During the summer of 2018, Ashlee appeared as a Performance Fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival and in residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute with "Two-Way Street" and composer, Sarah Hennies.
Ashlee was the winner of the 2017 Concerto Competition at the University of Tennessee and performed the first movement of Shostakovich's Cello Concerto with the UTSO. She has appeared in masterclasses for artists such as Joel Krosnick, Desmond Hoebig, Collin Carr, Amit Paled, and the Dali String Quartet.
Her musical career extends beyond the stage. She is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Associations of America and received Book 1 training with Dr. Melissa Kraut. Ashlee is passionate about sharing her love of music and encouraging creativity in young students through her teaching. She is currently the cello instructor at the Bill Jones Music School, where she teaches private lessons and leads a biweekly improvisation group class. She has appeared as Guest Artist Faculty at the 2019 Tennessee Cello Workshop and at the Community Cello Works in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Ashlee received her Bachelor's degree from Florida State University where she studied with Greg Sauer. In 2018 Ashlee completed her MM and her work as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Dr. Wesley Baldwin at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Two Way Street:
Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, Two-way street is a cello/percussion collaboration between Ashlee Booth and Adam Lion. Specializing in contemporary music, the duo works closely with its local community to present innovative musical ideas. Actively performing along the East-Coast, Two-Way Street collaborates on a multitude of inter-disciplinary projects, exploring ideas such as experimentation, technology, and socio-political concerns.
Recent engagements include the 2018 New Music Gathering at Boston Conservatory, an artistic residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and a concert aimed at the local Knoxville community exploring nature. Their most recent commission from Sarah Hennies was premiered at the University of Chicago in early Spring of 2019, and was further performed at the Re:Happening festival at historical Black Mountain College, the Red Room in Baltimore, and at the Genre Lines Research Summit at the 2019 Nief-Norf Summer Music Festival. A recording of the piece can be heard on the Astral Spirits label in 2020.