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The New York Times has called Ann Ellsworth’s playing “outrageous” and “splendidly projected.” An active soloist and chamber musician, Ellsworth has recorded and toured around the world as solo horn with Kristjan Jarve’s Absolute Ensemble, the Manhattan Brass, the Danish Esbjerg Ensemble, and numerous other chamber ensembles. As a freelancer, she enjoys performing in a variety of styles and genres, performing and recording for television and film, with popular and jazz artists, and for Broadway shows. Her recent solo CD, Late Night Thoughts, is a setting of virtuosic horn repertoire from Joachim Quantz to Arvo Pärt with “moments of contemplation, childlike playfulness and shimmering ecstasy.” As an artist-in-residence at the Lang College of the New School, she led many groundbreaking interdisciplinary events involving improvisation, dance, videography, and landscape architecture. Ellsworth is committed to early music and has presented a lecture-recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art using original instruments from their collection. She is also an advocate of new music and is a founding member of the New Music and Culture Symposium with which she enjoys working with composers and premiering new works. A recent premiere for Alphorn and samplestra, performed in a boxing ring in Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, was called “meticulously planned and executed…as fresh and exalted as Alpine air” by the Huffington Post. Ellsworth is a native of the San Francisco Bay area. She attended the Eastman and Juilliard Schools, with further study in Oslo and St. Petersburg, Russia. She is a former member of the Phoenix Symphony and has held faculty positions at numerous schools in the New York City area and is currently teaching at New York University and the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College.



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