Alison Deane
Associate Adjunct Professor; Global Jazz Studies, Music, Music Education

Alison Deane, pianist, has performed extensively as both soloist and chamber musician across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe, and has received numerous prizes, awards, and grants. A native New Yorker, Ms. Deane holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where she was given the school’s highest honor, the Harold Bauer Award. The New York Times described her Alice Tully Hall solo recital as “a dazzling affair…has the fingers of a really first-class technician…her performances are exhilarating…the virtuoso demands suited her superbly.”

Other solo engagements have included recitals at Merkin Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, concerti with the National Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic and Buffalo Philharmonic, as well as recitals and chamber music at the Mostly Mozart, Spoleto, Salerno, Interlochen, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors festivals. Following a performance at the Kennedy Center, the Washington Star reported: “…playing of size and expressive dimension…power, dexterity…substantial gifts of control and expression most impressively displayed.” First Prize winner of the National Black Music Competition, sponsored by the Kennedy Center and the National Music Council, she is a recipient of performance grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Martha Baird Rockefeller foundations, was the subject of two TV programs filmed in Germany for the Norddeutscher Rundfunk, and was featured in a national commercial for United Airlines, “The Concert Pianist,” performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Highly regarded as an educator, Ms. Deane was formerly an Associate Professor of Music at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center.

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