Ashley Rescot’s goal is to write music fiction that engages readers with the world of classical music. For her, music extends beyond the notes themselves. It tells a story, whether one invented by the composer or one we attribute to it as the artist. She has always been fascinated by the programmatic nature of works like Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique, and Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. These composers drew inspiration from nature, literature, and personal experience to create stories and visuals that enhance the listeners’ overall experience of their works.
She loves teaching the private violin which she began nearly a decade ago and found it rewarding to invest in the lives of the next generation of musicians.
AT WHAT AGE DID YOU DECIDE THAT YOU WANTED TO BE A MUSICIAN? AND WHAT EDUCATION HAVE YOU COMPLETED?
My mother, a violinist, and a singer by trade, began to teach me the violin at the age of two. She taught my four younger sisters to play the instrument at a young age as well. As a result, many of my fondest memories center around family performances, in which we’d play together for gigs throughout our hometown.
Growing up, I performed with our city’s Youth Orchestra program, often serving as a concertmaster. In my senior year, I won the Youth Talent Award to perform a solo concerto with the Youth Symphony, a dream come true. I decided to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance.
WHAT CAREER SUCCESSES ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF HAVING ACCOMPLISHED? WHOM WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE THANKS TO?
I’m proud of winning the concerto Youth Talent competition in high school. This opportunity to solo with the orchestra was so formative that it serves as the primary plot in my upcoming music novel, A Change in Tune. I’m preparing for its release in 2021, which will include a mashup video of several of the songs mentioned in the story. Stay tuned!
I was also honored to be a Fulbright Scholar to France, where I enjoyed teaching English in a suburban high school, as well as collaborating with musicians from different parts of the world.
I would like to thank my Mom for passing on her love of music and helping me to reach the level I have today. I’m also grateful to my Dad for sharing his love of literature and helping me to develop a more global perspective on life. I’d especially like to thank my husband for being my videographer, photographer, producer, and huge supporter of me in my creative pursuits.
WHAT OBSTACLES HAVE YOU OVERCOME TO GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
The biggest obstacle in my career has been my health. I battled a severe case of tendonitis during my college years and unfortunately still deal with the ramifications. I’m not able to play for long periods of time, so I’ve had to adapt my performances to be shorter in length. Fortunately, this works well for YouTube!
IN WHAT WAYS ARE YOU MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES THROUGH YOUR MUSIC CAREER?
One of the most important ways I try to make a difference is through my private violin studio, teaching students the love of music one student at a time.
As a writer, I offer resources that have helped me over the course of my music career to other musicians and educators. I’ve been incredibly blessed with teachers and mentors that have given me the tools and inspiration needed to run my own music studio.
I also share the love I’ve experienced growing up in a musical family via my stories, inviting others to join in the larger family we enjoy as fellow musicians. Although my stories and characters are fictional, many of the events were inspired by my real life experiences in the world of music. I want to make classical music accessible to everyone through virtual performances, genre mashups, and music fiction so that others can discover music in fun, innovative ways.
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME OUTSIDE OF WORK?
As a mom of two young children, I love spending time with my family! We read a lot of books and play outside on the new swingset my husband built for them. I enjoy watching my daughter perform piano and ballet concerts for me at home. It’s nice that at her age, she’s content to have an audience of one. I’m honored to have the privilege of being that person.
In addition to being a violinist/author, I also taught French at the collegiate level for several years, so I’d have to say a French teacher!
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