An award-winning classical pianist, Allison is known for her sensitive interpretations of Impressionist and Romantic music, as well as her technical bravura. She has performed as soloist and with orchestras throughout the US and Europe, as well as in parks and streets, always committed to artistic excellence and creating positive musical experiences for everyone.
In 2002, Allison began the Nocturnes Project to explore the poetic genre of the “Nocturne” for piano as part of Peace concerts in the Bay Area. She commissioned and collected varied works by Classical, Jazz and Flamenco composers for New Nocturnes, and is planning her 4th recording in the series. She has also been commissioned to record music by prolific 20th century composers whose works have not been widely recognized, and will be releasing a recording of solo piano pieces by Legacy Composer Arne Oldberg in 2018.
Allison forms many collaborations as a pianist, cabaret vocalist, keyboardist and accordionist with many ensembles on stage and in the recording studio. She has toured in Switzerland and Italy with San Francisco Sinfionetta, throughout the US with The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and in Japan and Europe with the Graves Brothers Deluxe.
She is also known as a music historian and has been on the faculty of the Academy of Art University for 15 years. Specializing in History of Music, Opera and Visual Arts, she connects culture and history to create understanding of music and its place in society. She curates, produces, speaks and performs in public and house concerts, and has been guest speaker with the San Francisco Symphony at their Stern Grove.
Allison’s recordings have been featured in the films 12 Pianos, It’ll Be Better Tomorrow and Dogmatique, and she was also music consultant in the documentary 12 Pianos. She also plays duo piano concerts with Kymry Esainko and is an assistant keyboardist with the Santa Rosa Symphony.