Alison Black

Alison Black was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and studied Violin Performance and Composition at Queens and McGill universities with members of the Vaghy string quartet and Sonia Jelinkova.

Prior to joining The Menuhin Foundation, she spent the prior twenty years in St. John’s Newfoundland where she was the Concertmaster of the Newfoundland Symphony and Sinfonia and First Violin of the Atlantic String Quartet. She has performed with international artists such as James Ehnes, Colin Carr, Andre Laplante and John Mills. Alison also led the orchestra during five choral festivals in St. John’s, working with conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Bob Chilcott, Tonu Kaljuste and Owain Arwel Hughes.

In addition to her performance career, Alison has taught privately for twenty five years, with students ranging between the ages of 5 and 75, several of whom have gone on to professional music careers of their own. She has worked extensively with post secondary students in the context of orchestral training and has conducted a number of student ensembles, including the STEP Junior and Intermediate String Orchestras, the string sections of the Newfoundland Youth Orchestra and an ensemble for adult amateur players.

Alison believes passionately in the potential for community building that can come through music and embraces the opportunity to work with people of all ages, backgrounds and levels. In addition to her music Alison enjoys boats of all kinds, swimming, reading and writing.

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