Robert Ashworth is having a great time being Principal viola for the Auckland Philharmonia. Arrived from Canada to New Zealand shores in 2003 for a one-year adventure, he has found a connection with this country through its music, people and country-side, his animals and family.
He has been guest-principal viola for the Melbourne Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, as well as assistant-principal for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He is violist with the Jade String Quartet in Auckland, and also plays with the Australian World Orchestra.
Robert is a twice recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Award for Emerging Artists and has performed with various groups at international chamber music festivals in Europe, North America, and Japan. He has had the honour to study with violists Thomas Riebl and Veronika Hagen at the Universitaet Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and with Gerald Stanick at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Peter Wilson ONZM & Gerda McGechan