Leslie Ashworth  

Leslie Ashworth is among the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s 2021 “Hot 30 Under 30 Classical Musicians” and a 2022 prizewinner of the Stepping Stone International Competition. A passionate musician, Ms. Ashworth has performed in the Perlman Music Program, as quartet-in-residence at the European Alliance Musical Alliance in Paris and with luminaries such as the Takacs String Quartet and Barbara Hannigan. She has been mentored in master classes with Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin, Leon Fleisher, Jaime Laredo, and Samuel Rhodes. Ms. Ashworth received the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Volunteer Award for founding the non-profit Suite Melody Care. 

Pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts under Misha Amory at the Juilliard School, Ms. Ashworth earned her Master of Music in Viola at Juilliard as a Kovner Fellow (2023) and a Master of Music in Violin at Rice University (2021).  

She plays an 1854 Joseph Rocca viola on loan from Juilliard. She gratefully acknowledges the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation.