Artist-in-Residence, Horn and Chamber Music
The New York Times has called Ann Ellsworth's playing "outrageous" and "splendidly projected." An active soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Ellsworth has recorded and toured around the world as solo horn with of Kristjan Jarve’s Absolute Ensemble, the Manhattan Brass, the Danish Esbjerg Ensemble and numerous other chamber ensembles. As a freelancer, Ann enjoys performing a variety of styles and genres. She has recorded for film and television and performed with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Shakira and Chaka Kahn. As Artist in Residence at the Lang College of the New School, she led many ground-breaking interdisciplinary events involving improvisation, dance, videography, and landscape architecture. Ms. Ellsworth is committed to early music and has presented a lecture recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art using original instruments from their collection. As an advocate of new music, she is a founding member of the New Music and Culture Symposium and 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. Ms. Ellsworth is a native of the San Francisco bay area. She attended the Eastman and Juilliard Schools, with further study in Oslo, Norway 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. Ann Ellsworth joined the Stony Brook faculty in September 2009.