Flute Masterclass - Alison Mitchell
Friday 14 August 2015
Level 2, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney NSW
Hailing originally from Melbourne, Alison Mitchell was appointed Principal Flute of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2003.
Since leaving Australia to continue her studies in Basel with the renowned Swiss flautist, Peter-Lukas Graf, she has maintained a very successful professional career between Europe and Australia, playing with many major orchestras on both continents.
Shortly after arriving in the UK, Alison was appointed to the position of Principal Flute with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera with whom she performed for five years before embarking on a freelance career dedicated to solo and chamber music performances. From there, an opportunity arose for her to return to Australia to take up the position of Associate Principal Flute with the Sydney Symphony. During this period with the Symphony, Alison also regularly performed as guest Principal Flute with the highly regarded Australian Chamber Orchestra and pursued a varied mix of chamber music, recordings, broadcasts for the ABC and solo recitals.
Since her return to Scotland as Principal Flute with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alison performs and records regularly with SCO chamber ensembles and as a concerto soloist. Her performances have included Mozarts Concertos in G and D, the Poulenc Sonata (orch. Berkeley), Concerto for Flute (1980) by Nigel Osborne, Cimarosas Concerto for 2 Flutes, Honeggers Concerto da Camera for Flute and Cor Anglais, Bachs Brandenburg Concerto No 4, CPE Bachs A major Concerto and most recently the virtuosic Ibert concerto. She has also performed the Nielsen concerto and has had a new concerto for flute written especially for her and the SCO by the Australian composer, Gordon Kerry which she premiered in 2011.
As well as her work in Scotland, Alison is continually sought out to perform in Australia. She 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, Bachs 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 a founder member of the Australian World Orchestra which had its inaugural season in Sydney during August 2011. This new orchestra is made up of some of the best Australian players from around the world. The second season, during 2013 with Zubin Mehta, was a great success. The next concert series is planned for 2015.
Alongside her busy SCO schedule Alison performs as soloist and chamber musician, most notably in collaboration with Christian Zacharias, the Hebrides Ensemble, Mr McFalls Chamber, pianist Scott Mitchell, and guitarist Allan Neave and at East Neuk Festival as a regular guest artist. In 2012, she performed as a guest with the Southern Cross Soloists at the Bangalow Music Festival, and with the dynamic Melbourne based ensemble, Syzygy.
Alison takes a very active role in the SCO education programme and also gives specialist woodwind coaching. She has worked with many youth orchestras and ensembles including the Baltic Youth Philharmonic with Musical Director Kristjan Järvi, 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, where she is currently lecturer in Flute.
In October 2013 she was appointed as Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in recognition of her contribution to and achievements in orchestral world music.
- Free event, bookings not required