about alison

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
Practice, practice, practice!

As a former professional flutist, Alison Young enjoyed a diverse music career as an orchestral principal, soloist and teacher performing on five continents including North America and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. She has a knack for solo recitals with the Atlanta Constitution and Journal agreeing, calling her “a recitalist of great poise and technical security, dazzling precision and virtuosic flair.” Before dystonia ended her playing career, she made the recording premiere of David Diamond’s flute concerto much to his delight. He said hers was “some of the finest flute playing I have heard.” Two years later, she toured Argentina, playing her own arrangements of Piazzolla tangos and other works, releasing a CD and finally publishing her arrangements in a book that takes its name from a newspaper review, A Little Tango in Her Blood, music for Flute and Piano from Argentina.

Nowadays, Alison Young is more of a cheerleader for music and musicians, hosting a mid-day disc spin on Classical Minnesota Public Radio as well as American Public Media’s syndicated concert program, SymphonyCast, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and St. Olaf Christmas. Alison is an avid kayaker, rock climber, long-distance backpacker, biker, and skier. She lives with her husband across the street from the birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, Minnesota.