Toronto-born Alison Melville began her musical life by playing the recorder in a school classroom in London (UK). Her subsequent career on historical flutes of many kinds has taken her across North America and to New Zealand, Iceland, Japan and Europe, most recently to Switzerland and Finland. She is a member of Ensemble Polaris and Artistic Director of the Bird Project, appears regularly with Tafelmusik, and collaborates in many other varied artistic endeavours. Some personal career highlights include playing for The Tudors, CBC-TV’s The Friendly Giant, and Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter; solo shows in inner-city London (UK) schools; an improvised duet with an acrobat in northern Finland this summer; and, oh yes, a summer of concerts in Ontario prisons. Alison has been heard on CBC/R-C, BBC, RNZ, NPR, Iceland’s RUV, and on over 60 CDs. She taught for many years at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, is currently on faculty at the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University, and also teaches music appreciation classes for the Royal Conservatory of Music and Ryerson University’s Life Institute. Tales of musical adventure can be read at calliopessister.com. For more information please see www.alisonmelville.com.
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