Described as an artist with a real passion for communicating, Scottish born clarinettist, Alison Turriff is quickly establishing herself as something of a 'rising star' within the clarinet world. During her undergraduate studies in Wales, Alison took part in an exchange programme which saw her studying at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya, Barcelona in the class of renowned Spanish soloist, Joan Enric Lluna and international bass clarinettist, Harry Sparnaay. Following this, Alison continued her studies in Lluna's class at Trinity College of Music, London as a Trinity College London Scholar and received scholarship awards from the Alfred Foster Charitable Settlement, the Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust and the Cross Trust. Whilst at Trinity, Alison won several competitions including the Harold Clarke Prize for Woodwind given by flautist from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Julian Coward. Her studies in London concluded with her being awarded a Master of Music Degree with distinction and winning a Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship, which afforded her the opportunity to complete her studies in Paris in the class of super-soloiste from the Paris Opera, Philippe Cuper.
As well as regularly performing the great standards of the solo clarinet repertoire, Alison enjoys presenting lesser known and under represented works. This led to her performing Nikola Resanovic's electro-acoustic masterpiece Alt.Music.Ballistix at the Wigmore Hall in addition to her giving the UK première of Aleksander Tansman's Clarinet Concerto at St John's, Smith Square, London in a performance which was described by the critics as 'ravishing' and 'one to keep in the memory'.
Alison's performance schedule has taken her to leading concert and recital halls throughout UK, France, Poland, Spain, Italy and Romania as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and led to her collaborating with leading conductors, composers and orchestras, recently including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Welsh National Opera. Recent performing highlights have included solo a performance at the Wigmore Hall and an invitation to perform at the 70th birthday celebrations in London for the legendary Polish composer Zygmunt Krauze where, as well as performing several of his orchestral works in her position as principal clarinet of the Alvarez Chamber Orchestra she also performed his quartet for violin, clarinet, cello and piano, Quatour pour le Naissance with Krauze himself performing at the piano.
Alison performs exclusively on Vandoren reeds with Vintage clarinets by Buffet and Backun barrels and bells.