Ashlee Booth 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 also 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 Knoxville Suzuki Academy, where she teaches private lessons and leads preschool music classes.
“Two-Way Street” is a cello/percussion collaboration between Ashlee Booth and Adam Lion. The duo was founded while Ashlee and Adam were graduate students at the University of Tennessee and was created by their shared love of new and unusual sounds. Two-Way Street is dedicated to commissioning works and expanding the repertoire for cello/percussion duos.
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.