Cellobration Festival
Faculty
Ashima Scripp
Cellist Ashima Scripp has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared at New York's Carnegie Hall, Tokyo’s Opera City, Boston's Symphony Hall, Chicago's Symphony Center and Boston's Jordan Hall. Ms. Scripp’s performances have been described as “expressive and nuanced” and she is considered one of the nation’s most versatile chamber artists. She has been invited to perform live on Los Angeles' KMozart, Boston's WGBH, Chicago’s WFMT and Texas Public Radio and given recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Fazioli Salon Series in Chicago and at Highfield Hall.
 
A dedicated and sought-after chamber music collaborator, Ms. Scripp has performed hundreds of works from Bach to Schoenberg for audiences around the country and been invited to perform as part of the New Hampshire, North Country Chamber Players, VentiCordi, Hot Springs and Kneisel Hall chamber music festivals. In 2004 she was invited to join the critically acclaimed Walden Chamber Players, and became the ensemble’s Artistic Director in 2012. With Walden Ms. Scripp performs a variety of classical and contemporary works on chamber music series nationwide. Walden is also well known for their work in chamber music education and Ms. Scripp has been central to the creation of many of the ensemble’s successful chamber music residency programs.
 
Ms. Scripp has served on the cello and chamber music faculty of the Longy School of Music and Concord Academy as well as the Killington Music Festival, the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East, and the International Summer Music Academy in Regensberg, Germany. Passionate about creating unique learning opportunities for musicians of all ages she is the co-founder of the “Cellobration Festival” in Cambridge, MA, and “Music at the Lake”, a workshop for amateur adult cellists in Meredith, NH. She has also been invited to give master classes at the Killington Music Festival, the University of Idaho, Longy School of Music, Boston Conservatory and Bowdoin College.
 
Ms. Scripp has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including a Presidential Scholarship, an Ekenstein Fund Grant, the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Scholarship, the Mittenthal Scholarship and the Eleanor Thaviu String Scholarship. Ms. Scripp received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Alan Stepansky and her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University as a student of Hans Jensen.
Michael Bonner
​Cellist and composer Michael Bonner has been hailed as "delightful and accomplished" by Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe and “first among near equals” by Bay Windows. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared frequently in such venues as Jordan Hall, the Goethe Institute, and live on WGBH radio. He has performed extensively the cello duo repertoire with NEC pianist Sarah Takagi, and their live broadcast performance of the Rachmaninoff cello sonata was selected as one of the top command performances on WGBH radio. He has also been a guest artist of the Boston Chamber Music Society, collaborating with Boston Symphony Orchestra pianist Randall Hodgkinson and BCMS clarinetist Thomas Hill. An avid proponent of new music, he has premiered works by David Horne, Florentine Mulsant, and Eric Sawyer. Mr. Bonner has also collaborated with such artists as Lynn Chang and Hung-Kuan Chen as a faculty member of the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, and taught for many years at the Longy School of Music’s former Preparatory Division, and the Middlesex and Groton Schools. Mr. Bonner holds the bachelor of arts degree with high honors (magna cum laude) in English & American Language and Literature from Harvard College, where he was a recipient of the David McCord Prize for musical excellence, and the Thomas T. Hoopes prize for outstanding scholarship.  His teachers include George Seaman, Jonathan Miller, Kim Scholes, and Rhonda Rider. Mr. Bonner has recorded on the Albany Records label.

His students have won prizes in several competitions, including Junior, Regional, and All-State auditions; the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra Competition; the New England Philharmonic Competition; the Brockton Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition; the Concord Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition; the Arlington Philharmonic Society Competition; the Waltham Philharmonic Concerto Competition; the Newton Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition; Brookline Music School Cello Competition; Longy School of Music Concerto Competition; the Pro Arte Concerto Competition; the Chamber Music Foundation of New England; the Boston University Academy Concerto Competition; and the Belmont Music Department Solo Competition; many of his students also belong to the BYSO, and NEC orchestras, where they have held principal and assistant principal positions; two of his students from Lexington, MA have served as the principal cellists of the Lexington Honors Orchestra and another served as Assistant Principal; he has also taught college-level students from such institutions as Harvard, Yale, and MIT.  Mr. Bonner has also been invited to judge several competitions, including concerto competitions at Harvard College and the New England Conservatory of Music.