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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
July 23, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Alison Melville

Contract Academic Staff; Baroque Flute

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Since playing her first CBC gig at 20, Alison Melville's career as a performer on historical flutes and recorders has taken her across Canada and to the USA, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand and Europe. A member of Toronto Consort and Ensemble Polaris and the Artistic Director of the Bird Project, she plays frequently with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra as a soloist and orchestral player and has appeared with the Toronto Symphony, Aradia Ensemble, Soundstreams, New Music Concerts, and many, many others. Alongside performances in Tokyo's Bunkamura Hall, Carnegie Hall and other celebrated venues she has also concertized in cinemas, convents, gardens, barns, ferries, school gymnasiums and prisons. With extensive television, film and radio credits (CBC/Radio-Canada, BBC, RNZ, NPR, Iceland State Broadcast Service and others), Alison has played for the soundtracks of The Tudors and The Borgias, CBC-TVís beloved ĎThe Friendly Giantí, and films by Atom Egoyan, Ang Lee, Amnon Buchbinder and others. She can be heard on over 50 CDs including several critically acclaimed solo recordings. Her own music has been heard with Polaris, Ď999 Years of Music (dir. Peter Hannan), Post-Medieval Syndrome, and the Bird Project. Alison Melville was on the teaching faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the USA from 1999-2010, and currently teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto.