United States of America
Violist Ames Asbell has performed classical, tango, and popular music in over 30 countries around the world, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to clubs. She appears on dozens of internationally released CDs, film scores and broadcasts, including Grammy-winning recordings by Dixie Chicks and Miguel Bosé, Richard Linklater’s film Waking Life, and eight appearances on Austin City Limits (PBS). Recent performance highlights include International Viola Congresses in Poland and New Zealand, and appearances with Andrea Bocelli, Stevie Wonder, Bernadette Peters, Willie Nelson, Harry Connick, Jr. and Cassandra Wilson. Her performances appear on labels such as Nonesuch, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, and many others. Based in Austin, Texas, Ms. Asbell is violist of the Tosca String Quartet, Principal Violist of Austin Opera and a member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. She is currently Associate Professor of Viola at Texas State University, and proudly serves as President-Elect of the American Viola Society.