Nicholas Anthony Ascioti was born in Syracuse NY on May 30th, 1974. He attended the College of St. Rose in Albany NY where he earned degrees in Composition and Conducting. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Composition from Bennington College in Vermont. Asciotis has studied with Allen Shawn, Dr. Amy Williams, and Stephen Siegel.

Ascioti received his debut at the age of 21, with a commission from conductor David Allen Miller, to write for the Albany Symphony’s Chamber Orchestra the Dogs of Desire. In October of 2006 Ascioti released his debut album, Creation√≠s Voice, on the Albany Records label.

Ascioti focuses on chamber music, song cycles, and choral works. His piano music has received performances throughout the United States and Canada by Justin Kolb. His chamber works have been performed by sopranos Eileen Strempel and Nancy Loesch, tenor Alex Diaz, pianists Sylvie Beaudette and Amy Dissanayake, guitarist Christopher Ladd, and internationally recognized organists Maria Helena Tharp and Stephen Tharp. Ensembles include the Hyperion String Quartet, Adirondack Saxophone Quartet, Musicians of Ma’awlyck, Arcadia Brass Ensemble, The College of St. Rose Chamber Singers, The Bennington Contemporary Ensemble, and the Society for New Music.

Ascioti has been a guest and his music frequently heard on the “Fresh Ink” radio program on WCNY-FM. He was a composer-in-residence with the Society for New Music in Syracuse, where he participated in the “Composer in the Schools Program.” As a conductor, Ascioti focuses on performances of the 20th century choral repertoire and as a concert promoter he oversees the Concert Series at St. Jude the Apostle Church. Ascioti currently lives in West Sand Lake NY with his wife Emily and daughters Melody and Noelle. He serves as the Director of Music at St. Jude the Apostle Church and the St. Jude the Apostle School.

Albums

Moto Continuo

Release Date: July 10, 2015
Catalog Number: NV6003
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Cello
Piano Trio
Praised for his "bold and expressive" playing (Gramophone Magazine), cellist Ovidiu Marinescu and Navona Records present MOTO CONTINUO, a collection of six contemporary solo cello and piano trio works - from the intense, dark, and expressive to the calm, light, and austere - performed by Marinescu and his colleagues from Trio Casals, violinist Sylvia Ahramjian and pianist Anna Kislitsyna.
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Moto Perpetuo

Release Date: March 1, 2013
Catalog Number: NV5901
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Cello
Piano Trio
Here at Navona, we believe that despite varied influences, styles, and techniques, contemporary works by a variety of carefully selected composers can unite to represent the classical landscape as a whole. On MOTO PERPETUO, a collection of moving works for cello by March, Bartholomew, Beeler, Sherrill, Gottschalk, and Ascioti, the music is bound by the instruments simultaneous steadfastness and adaptability and the composers' shared ability to seize and control the instruments expressive timbre and range.
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