Allison Balcetis

Allison Balcetis
Internationally recognized as an ambitious new-generation saxophonist, Allison Balcetis has studied and collaborated with artists from around the world. While earning her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Alberta under the direction of Dr. William Street, Allison produced her first solo recording, Zeniths and Nadirs. She also holds degrees from Bowling Green State University where she studied with Dr. John Sampen and is the first – and only – saxophonist to earn a joint degree from the Université de Bordeaux and the Conservatoire National de Région de Bordeaux where she studied with Marie-Bernadette Charrier. Since 2003 Allison has maintained an international performance career with concerts in Italy, France, Thailand, Slovenia, Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Since 2007 she has performed as a founding member of Anubis Quartet, a Chicago-based ensemble with more than 30 commissions and premieres of provocative new music. During her undergraduate degree, Allison won first place in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2005 and also won the University of Alberta Concerto Competition and the Edmonton Composers' Concert Society Concerto Competition, both in 2008. Amongst notable collaborations are composers Georges Aperghis, Marcos Balter, André Mestre, Colin Labadie, Thierry Alla, and Henri Pousseur. In Edmonton, Alberta Allison helps develop the new music community as past Executive Member and current Production Manager of New Music Edmonton, and board member of the Borealis Electro Acoustic Music Society. As a faculty member of the University of Alberta since 2009, Allison trains the next generation of thoughtful, artistic musicians.

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Prism, one of UAlberta's most grand-scale concerts, is planned for October 23, 2014 in the Winspear centre.
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One week until Prism, what will truly be a celebration of the wide spectrum of talent that is the Department of Music at the...
Prism, one of UAlberta's most grand-scale concerts, is planned for October 23, 2014 in the Winspear centre.

Spotlight on Karim Gillani, Taran Plamondon and Kendra Heslip Just over two weeks until showtime. I continue our questions spotlighting artists showcased in the Prism program. Using...
Prism, one of UAlberta's most grand-scale concerts, is planned for October 23, 2014 in the Winspear centre.

Spotlight on Elizabeth Turnbull, Twilla MacLeod and Guillaume Tardif With just three weeks until Prism takes to the Winspear Centre stage, I asked three...
UAlberta music students are preparing to take the Winspear by storm on October 23, 2014 for Prism, their first Winspear concert of the season.

One month out from UAlberta Music's first Winspear concert of the season The countdown is on! In just one month the University of Alberta's Department...
André Mestre at the Banff Centre. Supplied photo.

Interview with André Mestre ('13 M. Mus. Composition) André Mestre is a Brazilian-born composer living in Edmonton.  He completed his Master’s degree in composition from...