Principal Flute – Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Former Principal Flute – Scottish Chamber Orchestra, UK
Australian Hometown(s): Melbourne & Brisbane
Education: Victorian College of the Arts
Hailing originally from Melbourne, Alison Mitchell was appointed Principal Flute with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2003.
Since leaving Australia to continue her studies in Basle with the renowned Swiss Flautist, Peter-Lukas Graf she has maintained a very successful career having performed with many major orchestras both in Europe and Australia, most notably the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Northern Sinfonia.
Alison has performed with SCO chamber ensembles and as a concerto soloist. Her performances have included Mozart’s Concertos in G and D, the Poulenc Sonata (orch. Berkeley), Concerto for Flute (1980) by Nigel Osborne, Cimarosa’s Concerto for 2 Flutes, Honegger’s Concerto da Camera for Flute and cor anglais, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos No 4, CPE Bach’s A major Concerto, the virtuosic Ibert concerto, Nielsen’s concerto, Boulez ‘s Memoriale and Mozart’s Concerto for flute and harp with harpist Sivan Magen. She has also premiered a wonderful new flute concerto written especially for her and the SCO by the Australian composer, Gordon Kerry.
Alison has performed regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra both internationally and throughout Australia and has also recorded and performed, with Angela Hewitt and the ACO, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.5 and the Triple Concerto for flute, violin and piano. The highly acclaimed recording, released by Hyperion, subsequently won many awards including Gramophone CD of the Month.
Alison is honoured to be a founding member of the Australian World Orchestra which had its inaugural season in Sydney during August 2011. This exciting orchestra made up of some of the best Australian players from around the world attracted Maestro Zubin Mehta in its second season in 2013 and again in 2015 for a tour in India. Also in 2015, Sir Simon Rattle conducted a sell out Australian season with the orchestra.
Alison performed as a soloist and chamber musician, most notably, in collaboration with, Christian Zacharias, Robert Levin, the Hebrides Ensemble, Mr. Mc Fall’s Chamber, pianist Scott Mitchell, harpist Eleanor Johnson and guitarist Allan Neave and at East Neuk festival as a regular guest artist. She has also performed as guest flautist with the Southern Cross Soloists at the Bangalow Music Festival, and with the dynamic Melbourne based ensemble, Syzygy.
Alison took a very active role in the SCO education programme and is sought after to give masterclasses and specialist woodwind coaching. She has worked with many youth orchestras and ensembles namely the Baltic Youth Philharmonic with Musical Director Kristjan Jarvi, the Australian Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and at the Australian National Academy of Music, the Sydney Conservatorium, where she was guest Senior Lecturer in 2012 and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During the summer of 2016 she tutored the flutes of the Australian Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, coach at “Estivo”, Sydney Conservatorium’s European Chamber Music Summer School and later in 2016 during a tour to Australia for AWO she gave masterclasses at the Australian National Academy of Music and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Last updated 2020