Founder & Chair
Described by Toronto Concert Reviews as “a mature artist and a budding superstar”, Canadian violinist Leslie Ashworth has performed in France, Italy, Canada, and the United States and in acclaimed venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, The Banff Centre’s Rolston Hall, and Toronto’s Koerner Hall. A Tim and Frances Price Scholarship recipient, she graduated with her Bachelor of Music Performance from The Glenn Gould School under Barry Shiffman and Paul Kantor. She is pursuing her Masters of Music on the John Tsung-Chen Chao Scholarship at Rice University in Houston.
In addition to her violin studies, Ashworth is a pianist, violist, and composer. She achieved her ARCT Violin, Viola, and Piano Performance, earning the Royal Conservatory’s National Gold Medal for ARCT Viola. A passionate writer, Ashworth participated in the Emerging Arts Critic Programme with publications in WholeNote, Opera Canada, and Dance Current. She received the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award for founding Suite Melody Care, which shares over 100 themed, interactive, volunteer performances annually with hospital patients and the elderly in Canada and the U.S. Ashworth plays on a 1696 Albani violin on loan from a generous benefactor and released her third CD/DVD. Visit Ashworth’s website: www.leslieashworth.ca.