Robert Ashworth is Principal viola for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
He has been guest-principal viola for the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, 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 has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout New Zealand, recorded for Atoll and Rattle labels, as well as many performances recorded for Radio New Zealand.
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.
Robert plays a 1995 John Newton “cut-away” viola.