Violinist Ashley Windle is a founding member of the Fair Trade Chamber Music Society and is the violinist of its core ensemble, the Fair Trade Trio, a professional string trio that regularly performs around New York City and tours North America. The trio specializes in creating accessible performances for all audiences and has a mission to champion the works of living female composers alongside the standard chamber music canon. Highlights of her 2016/17 season with the trio include the world premiere of their newly commissioned piece by Canadian composer Emily Doolittle and a tour of the Pacific northwest. She has also performed with the MuSE string quartet, including premiering several works by young composers through the MuSE composition competition, and as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s Musicorps program where she developed and performed educational chamber concerts.
A passionate orchestral player, she is pleased be a member of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra and was featured as a solo recitalist in their 2016/17 season’s Spotlight Series. She is also a regular substitute in Symphony in C and served as a tenured member of the Reading Symphony Orchestra where she frequently performed as assistant concertmaster. She was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago where she performed with world-renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Gustavo Dudamel.
Other orchestral performances include appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic, and a performance with Pinchas Zukerman and the Manhattan Chamber Sinfonia in Carnegie Hall. She is also a proud member and supporter of The Dream Unfinished orchestra which presents socially conscious concerts in New York City.
Solo awards include being named as a Leslie Scholar of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and receiving from the Peabody Conservatory both the Lynn Taylor Hebden and J.C. van Hulsteyn Awards for excellence in performance. She won the first prize in the Baltimore Music Club Competition and was a finalist in the Vancouver Academy of Music’s Young Artists Chamber Music Competition. She has performed in masterclasses for Pinchas Zukerman, Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Ilya Kaler, and Masuko Ushioda.
Originally from Canada, she earned an M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, where she participated in the Orpheus Institute Chamber Orchestra as principal second and the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar, and completed both a Graduate Performance Diploma and a B.M. from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she served as concertmaster of the Peabody Concert Orchestra. Significant teachers and mentors include Lisa Kim, Grigory Kalinovsky, Laurie Smukler, Martha Caplin, Violaine Melançon and Jeanne Preucil Rose.