Alice Allen

Alice Allen

Alice Allen is from Banchory, Aberdeenshire, and recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a distinction in Masters of Music Performance. During her two years in Glasgow Alice has performed Saint-saens cello concerto in a minor as soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on their tour of India. Whilst on tour Alice also performed string quartet concerts with Nicola Benedetti. She has played with Glasgow’s Red Note Ensemble and in 2014 joined the Scottish Ensemble on their Young Artist Scheme for tours across the UK including at the Wigmore Hall. Alice has recently been announced as the Scottish Ensembles Young Associate Artist for the 2015-16 season. Alice was the 2014 winner of the Dunbar-Gerber prize for chamber music playing with duo partner Julija Sadaunykaite and was reciprocate of the Thomas and Margaret Rodden Trust Scholarship. She began learning cello at the age of 8 and attended Banchory Academy before moving to Manchester to study for her undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. Alice studied with Hannah Roberts and graduated with a first class honours degree. During her time at the RNCM, she was selected by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to work with them on their Professional Experience Scheme. She also had the opportunity to be part of their outreach program which is modeled on Venezuela’s acclaimed El Sistema project and is a dedicated teacher in her spare time. Alice is passionate about the role of the cello in traditional Scottish music and has participated in many workshops with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas on The Isle of Skye and in California. She is also a keen chamber musician and has played in a diverse range of groups such as piano quartets, flute and clarinet trios as well as historical performance groups.Alice enjoys a variety of music styles and has played at Celtic Connections alongside Scottish fiddler Graham Mackenzie and has recorded and performed with bands such as ‘Fat-suit’ and ‘The Scott Wood Band’.<br/>
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Whilst living in Aberdeenshire, Alice had extensive classical training, studying with James Halsey at the North East of Scotland Music School in Aberdeen, where she also had piano lessons with Nigel Clayton. She was awarded the Dorothy Hately scholarship in her last year and achieved both her cello grade 8 and piano ATCL diploma with distinctions. In 2008 Alice was winner of the Banchory, Aboyne and Stonehaven Rotary Club’s Young Musician of the Year and regularly returns to perform in the local area. She has appeared as a soloist with the Deeside Orchestra and Aberdeen based orchestra Concordia as well as performing her own solo recitals. She has participated in masterclasses with Rohan De Saram, Ralph Kirshbaum and Emma Ferrand and has received coaching from esteemed chamber musicians such as violinists Peter Cropper, Pavel Fischer and clarinetist Matthew Hun

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