Cellist. Performer. Conductor. Composer. Musical Director. Artistic Director. Teacher. Video Producer. Audio Engineer. Multi-Instrumentalist. Dr. Andrew Ascenzo is redefining what it means to be a professional musician in the 21st Century.
Andrew is a graduate of the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Toronto and recipient of the Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Award, the highest honour awarded by the Faculty of Music. He performs regularly as a soloist and is a member of the Bedford Trio, currently the Irene R. Miller Piano Trio in Residence at the University of Toronto and finalists of the Anton Rubinstein International Chamber Music Competition. As an orchestral cellist, Andrew appears regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Concert Orchestra. Andrew’s work in multi-media includes serving as the Artistic Producer of the Banff Centre’s Evolution Classical summer programs, video production for organizations including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, University of Toronto, University Health Network, Ottawa Chamberfest, Leaf Music, and Gryphon Trio, and for his most recent audio project, Andrew recorded, designed, and performed the electronic component for the world premiere of Rob Kapilow's recent composition Aprés Maman at Ottawa Chamberfest. Andrew has worked extensively in musical theatre, and will appear as Music Director of Eclipse Theatre Company’s brand new original production ’Til Then in July 2022. He also serves as Artistic Director of Music in the Atrium, a weekly concert series, now in its 26th season, at Toronto's Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Andrew is currently a cello instructor and guest lecturer at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He can found on all social media platforms @pulsemusicmedia.