Ashley Freeburn is an active violinist residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ashley earned her Bachelor’s of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and her Master’s of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University.
Ashley is a founding member of several performing ensembles in the greater Pittsburgh area, including the Bell’Art Ensemble of the Living Room Chamber Music Project, the all female Kassia Ensemble, and the former Freya String Quartet. As a member of FSQ, Ashley collaborated with a wide variety of artists spanning the genres from pop to classical. The quartet held residencies at the Charlotte New Music Festival and Opera Theater Summerfest. An active proponent of new music, Ashley has premiered and performed several works by living composers, both in solo recital and as a chamber musician.
Ashley is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra. She is a core orchestral member of Resonance Works Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Festival Opera. She has performed with the Erie Philharmonic, and the Canton, Youngstown, West Virginia, Wheeling, and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras, among others. Ashley has also shared the stage with such international artists as Barry Manilow, Belle and Sebastian, Evanescence, Josh Groban, Clay Aiken, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Ashley is frequently heard performing live on Pittsburgh’s local classical music station, 89.3 WQED. Ashley is also frequently heard on Pittsburgh’s independent radio station, 91.3 WYEP, in recording with several of Pittsburgh’s finest singer-songwriters, including Joy Ike, Ben Hardt, Tim Ruff, Paul Luc, and Juliana Carr.
Ashley believes in music as a means for cross-cultural dialogue. She has traveled to Ireland, Ghana, and Turkey, to teach, work and make music with local musicians. She is very interested in folk music, native influences, and local sounds.
Ashley has served as violin faculty at the Center for Young Musicians. She maintains a private studio, and she is currently Adjunct Instructor of Violin at Chatham University.