Hailed by the Atlanta Constitution and Journal as a recitalist of great poise and technical security, dazzling precision and virtuosic flair flutist Alison Young has a diverse music career as an orchestral principal, soloist and teacher. Beginning her formal music education at the age of fifteen, Ms. Young graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Fine Arts Award for outstanding artistic achievement from the Interlochen Arts Academy. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California, where she was a member of the USC Scholarship Woodwind Quintet.
Featured on National Public Radios Performance Today, Ms. Young has had works written specifically for her by Texan composers Robert Avalon, Eric McIntyre and Charles Fitts, his Suite for Flute and Piano premiered by her at the National Flute Association convention in 1999. Ms. Young has appeared as concerto soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, the Colorado Philharmonic and the Houston Civic Symphony. She was praised by the Santa Barbara Independent in a performance of the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Music Academy of the West Orchestra as playing the concerto with complete technical mastery and exquisite musicianship. As the winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition in 1989, she toured the U.S. for two years performing solo recitals in major universities. Internationally, she has performed in Buenos Aires famous Teatro Colón, the Argentine newspaper Rio Negro writing: Alison Young, con algo de tango en la sangre (with a little tango in the blood). She has also performed in solo recitals in Austria, Brazil, England, China, The Czech Republic and Pakistan.
Prize-winning American composer David Diamond applauded Ms. Young's interpretation of his Concerto for Flute and Orchestra as some of the finest flute playing I have heard. She recorded the premiere of his work on an acclaimed Albany Records CD titled Music For All Time, American Music for Flute and Orchestra. She has also recorded on the Telarc and Centaur labels, and has released a recording of Argentine Music for Flute and Piano on the Albany Records label, entitled
a little tango in her blood, Music for Flute from Argentina.
Ms. Young has performed as Principal Flute with the Atlanta, Memphis, and Toledo Symphonies and as Principal Solo Flutist of the Houston Ballet Orchestra, a position she held for eleven years. Described by Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Seiji Ozawa as playing her flute with ?fantasy?, Ms. Young appeared as guest Principal Flutist with the Symphony in Boston and in New York’s Carnegie Hall. Ms. Young has also performed with the Houston Symphony under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, as flute soloist in Debussy’s Prélude à laprès-midi dune Faun. In the summers, Ms. Young has performed as Principal Flutist of the Colorado Music Festival, where she was featured in a solo recital with Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez and as Principal Flute in the Des Moines Metro Opera, being particularly noted in Opera News for her interpretation of the flute and soprano cadenza in Lucia di Lammermoor. She has participated in the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, playing Principal Flute under the direction of Leonard Bernstein.
Ms. Young most recently toured Brazil playing recitals Music of the Americas with Brazilian pianist Vânia Pimentel. She is scheduled to release a CD recording of rarely heard music from that country in the next year. As a member of the artist roster for the Arts-in-Education program of the Alaska Council on the Arts, Ms. Young will work in remote regions of Alaska as an Artist-in-Residence. She will present her classes on such topics as breathing techniques, interpretation of works of North and South American composers, Yoga and Your Flute, and strategies for combating stage fright. In March of 2002, Alison Young was invited to Shanghai, China to present masterclasses and to perform recitals Music for Solo Flute from Around the World.
In addition to her professional performing and teaching, Ms. Young was the founding director of the highly successful chamber music series in Houston, Chamber Music at the Cathedral, a series noted in the Houston Chronicle as one of Houston's most important downtown arts venues.