Toronto-born Alison Melville had a peripatetic childhood, spending her first ten years in five cities on two continents. She began playing music as an eight-year-old at school in London, UK. Trained in Toronto, London and Basel as the winner of numerous awards from the Canada Council, her career as a performer has taken her across North America and to Iceland, Japan, New Zealand and Europe.
A player of historical flutes, recorders and folk flutes, Alison’s experience comprises solo and chamber recitals; music for dance, theatre, radio, film and television including The Friendly Giant, The Tudors, The Borgias and Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter; orchestral work with modern and period instrument orchestras; performances in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall or Tokyo’s Bunkamura Theatre to inner-city schools, ferry boats and prisons; repertoire from the twelfth to twenty-first centuries, composed, arranged and improvised; over fifty recordings; and music from Celtic and Scandinavian traditions. She has taught at various schools of music, notably at the Oberlin College Conservatory (Ohio) from 1999 to 2010.
Currently fascinated with ways of marrying music to poetry and mythology, Alison also enjoys time spent with her partner Colin and friends, good conversation, the natural and metaphysical worlds, making earrings, a good cup of tea, and martinis. She also holds a diploma in Zen Shiatsu.