Described by critics as a virtuoso pianist of innate sensitivity and poetic insight, Alison Farr performs regularly throughout the British Isles.
Born in 1980, Alison first studied piano with Caroline Gale in her home town of Bournemouth. After continuing her education at Wells Cathedral School as a student of Hilary Coates she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in 1998 to study with Christopher Elton and graduated in 2002 with first class honours. In 2004 she gained distinction for her postgraduate diploma after further studies with Martin Roscoe. She also participated in master classes with distinguished pianists including Imogen Cooper, Joanna MacGregor, Cristina Ortiz, John O’Conor, Alexander Satz, Rolf Hind and Piers Lane.
Alison has won several prizes, awards and competitions, including the Audi Junior Musician 1994, the UK section of the European Music for Youth Prize 1996 and the Piano section of BBC Young Musicians 1998. She was prize winner at the Messiaen International Competition in Paris in 2000 and was finalist at the Newport International Competition for Young Pianists in 2003. In 2004 she was selected for the Tillett Trust’s Young Artists’ Platform.
As both soloist and chamber musician Alison has performed at prestigious venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, at Fairfield Halls Croydon, St Georges Hall Bristol and for many music societies and at festivals including Brighton, Newbury, Two Moors Festival, Chichester Festivities and Ribble Valley International Piano Week.
In 1999 she gave the World Premier of Eric Sweeney’s Piano Sonata at the Beaminster Arts Festival.
Alison has performed as concerto soloist with a number of orchestras such as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Her performance with the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall was recorded by the BBC and broadcast on Radio 3.
Abroad she has performed in Moscow, Paris, the Gulf States and Israel and is a regular guest recitalist on board P&O and Cunard cruise ships.