Alice Allen is from Banchory, Aberdeenshire, and recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a distinction in Masters of Music Performance. Since moving to Glasgow Alice has performed Saint-saens cello concerto in a minor 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 was the Scottish Ensembles RCS Young Associate Artist for the 2015-16 season and the 2014 winner of the Dunbar-Gerber prize for chamber music playing with duo partner Julija Sadaunykaite. She is grateful to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Thomas and Margaret Rodden Trust for their generous scholarships.
Alice grew up accompanying traditional Scottish music in Banchory and regularly attended camps at Sal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye and in California where she was immersed in folk playing of all kinds. This influence is still of foremost importance in Alice’s life.
Alice 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.
Alice can be seen performing with groups such as London Concertante, BBC SSO and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Her orchestral freelancing has taken her to the BBC Proms and on European Tours. She is also the cellist in the Brodick String Quartet and is passionate about chamber music. She has participated in masterclasses and lessons with Rohan De Saram, Ralph Kirshbaum, David Watkin, Peter Wispelwey and Emma Ferrand and has received coaching from esteemed chamber musicians such as violinists Peter Cropper, Pavel Fischer, Peter Manning and clarinetist Matthew Hunt.
Alice plays on an English cello circa 1780, Preston School.