Alice Allen is from Aberdeenshire and formerly young artist in residence with the Scottish Ensemble. Now one of Scotland’s top freelance cellists, Alice works with many of the country’s leading performing groups including the BBC Scottish symphony Orchestra and the Brodick Quartet. Alongside this she has studied traditional cello with leading instrumentalist Natalie Haas, and has recorded with many leading folk artists including former BBC young traditional musician of the year Robyn Stapleton and MG ALBA Scots Singer of the year Iona Fyfe. Please see Albums for full list Alice’s recording work.



Alice Allen grew up in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, and graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a distinction in Masters of Music Performance. She completed her BMus Degree with first class honours studying with Hannah Roberts at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. 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 can be seen performing with groups such as London Concertante, Scottish Ensemble, 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.

I started to play the cello, without ever touching it before, with Alice Allen, at the age of 27. In less than two years she helped me to develop a solid foundation, that exceeded my highest expectations! During the cello lessons, I loved more and more the art of learning the instrument; and she helped me to progress in the very best manner. After less than 3 years of cello playing, I now see myself as a cello player, a musician with a bright future; I owe all this to Miss Allen.
Friendly, sunny, and careful, I very much recommend her as a cello teacher.

Giulio Maddalena

 I would thoroughly recommend Alice as a Tutor. She has a natural aptitude
as a teacher who gently nudges the player to improve techniques of the left and right hand to produce a better sound. Unlike others who are very prescriptive, Alice is willing to consider the needs of the individual. Even at a young age she has a very wide experience of the repertoire and shared ideas with many preeminent cellists which she shares with clarity and charm.
Dave McLean

Dave McLean