Violinist, Ashley Liberty and Pianist, Daniel Strange have been performing together professionally since their marriage in 2007. Ashley’s violin playing has taken her to concert halls around the world! As a composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, Daniel creates new and exciting music for the couple to perform in addition to their favorite musical styles.
Ashley’s violin playing has taken her to concert halls around the world. Lately, in addition to her concerts with Dan, Ashley performs in the Naples Philharmonic and Miami City Ballet Orchestras and is busy at home with the two younger members of the Liberty-Strange family band (Harrison and Summer). She recently performed with Shakira in the Super Bowl Half time Show.
Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Keyboard and the MADE (Musicianship, Artistry Development and Entrepreneurship) program director at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he directs the award-winning American Music Ensemble. He is also the director of the award-winning, high school All-Star Jazz Ensemble through the Community Arts Program in Coral Gables. Ashley and Dan have performed with artists such as Broadway stars Norm Lewis and Mandy Gonzalez, Noel Paul Stookey, Arturo Sandoval, Michael Feinstein and Mark O'Connor.
Ashley Liberty’s violin playing has taken her from Maine to Miami and around the world. She has performed on stages in 13 different countries, some of which include Mexico, Austria, Israel and Japan.
Ashley has performed with and accompanied a wide range of artists including Andrea Bocelli, Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Skaggs, Noel Paul Stookey and Norm Lewis. She is frequently called for recording projects including a recent accompaniment track for the famed precision dance company The Rockettes.
As an orchestral musician, Ashley has worked with the Naples Philharmonic, the Miami City Ballet, and Miami Bach Society, the Florida Grand Opera and as concert master, on a number of occasions, with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.
Ashley is a celebrated and dedicated violin teacher, and in addition to her private violin studio in Miami, she has taught at summer music camps in South Carolina and Maine and at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. She enjoys passing on her skills as a classical musician from her training at the Guildhall School of Music in London, the New England Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Frost School at the University of Miami. She also loves to explore other styles of music with her students, including folk, fiddle and jazz.
Ashley’s primary focus is performing with her husband, Daniel Strange, a talented pianist, composer and arranger. Ashley and Dan are known for their ability to play multiple styles of music and for a steady stream of new and exciting compositions and arrangements by Dan. Ashley and Dan are the proud parents of Harrison who is 6, and Summer who is 2. Ashley has released two albums with her husband, pianist Daniel Strange, Snapshot and their latest Christmas album Beneath the Star.
Daniel Strange has performed on a variety of the world’s biggest stages from Carnegie Hall to NBC’s The Today Show as well as with critically acclaimed artists representing multiple genres including Jodi Benson, Susan Egan, Robert Davi, Michael Feinstein, Ann Hampton Calloway, Jacob Collier, Banda Magda, Janis Siegel, Mandy Gonzalez, folk legend Noel Paul Stookey, Tony award nominees Joshua Henry and Norm Lewis, and Tony award winners Lindsay Mendez and Sutton Foster. He has played in orchestra pits for the national touring companies of Wicked, Jersey Boys, Pippin, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Dreamgirls, Young Frankenstein, Legally Blonde, and A Chorus Line. As a composer, Daniel has written, arranged and orchestrated for numerous musical settings including jazz, pop, choral, and orchestral ensembles from all over the country.
Daniel is the assistant professor of contemporary keyboard as well as the program director of the M.A.D.E. (musicianship, artistry development and entrepreneurship) degree at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. He directs the Music Media and Industry department's top ensemble, the American Music Ensemble, which received the 2015 DownBeat Magazine award for outstanding performance by a collegiate blues/pop/rock ensemble. He has presented clinics on original composition, solo jazz piano and spoken on numerous panels at many national music conferences including the Jazz Education Network Conference, The Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music Piano Festival and Competition, and The Association of Popular Music Education Conference. In the spring of 2014, Daniel was named a quarter finalist for the 2nd annual Grammy Music Educator Award.
Daniel is the director of the award-winning Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ Community Arts Program’s All-Star Jazz Ensemble, a three-time finalist in Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival. Under his leadership, the All-Star Jazz Ensemble has released an album, With A Swing! as well as opened for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Count Basie Orchestra, Grammy winning vocalist Catherine Russell and famed Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen. Daniel can be heard on his album Life As I Hear It that features his original compositions and an all-star of lineup of musicians as well as on multiple albums including the Grammy nominated track "All My Tomorrows" from Jeremy Fox's With Love. He resides in Miami with his wife, violinist Ashley Liberty, along with their son and daughter, Harrison and Summer.