well as giving many local and international performances in his role as
cellist of NZTrio, Ashley keeps a busy schedule of concertos, recitals,
chamber concerts, recording and teaching. He has collaborated closely
with artists across the spectrum of musical genres including composers
Victoria Kelly, Gillian Whitehead, Michael Norris, and Jack Body, and
songwriters Bic Runga, Moana Maniapoto, King Kapisi, Mark de Clive-Lowe
and Don McGlashan.
Ashley has taught cello at the universities of Waikato, Canterbury and Auckland and now teaches a small studio of gifted young cellists from around New Zealand. He has been Principal Cellist of the National Youth Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia and the Auckland Philharmonia, and a member of the Turnovsky Trio.
Ashley studied at Canterbury University with Alexander Ivashkin, graduating as a Master of Music with Distinction. During this time he won the TVNZ Young Musicians Competition, the CCMC National Concerto Competition and a special prize at the ROSL Music Competition in London. Ashley spent two years studying with Aldo Parisot at Yale University graduating with the Artist Diploma, and six months with William Pleeth in London before returning to New Zealand.
Ashley plays the 1762 William Forster “Liberte” cello.