Alison Mitchell, Flute

Originally from Melbourne, Alison Mitchell returned to Australia as the Section Principal Flute with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2019. Alison leads a vibrant career throughout Australia and Europe as orchestral musician, chamber player, soloist and teacher.


Alison studied in Basel with renowned Swiss flautist Peter-Lukas Graf before moving to the UK where she was appointed to the position of Principal Flute with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera with whom she performed for five years before embarking on a freelance career dedicated to solo and chamber music performances. She then took up the position of Associate Principal Flute of the Sydney Symphony and at the time During performed regularly as Guest Principal with orchestras around Australia.


In 2003 Alison returned to Scotland as Principal Flute with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, performing and recording regularly with SCO chamber ensembles and as a concerto soloist. She has performed all the major flute concertos including concertos by Mozart, Bach, CPE Bach, Nielsen, Ibert, Poulenc, Osborne, Boulez, Cimarosa and Honegger and her recording of Mozarts Flute Concerto with the SCO (Linn) received glowing reviews. Mitchell also premiered a wonderful new flute concerto written especially for her and the SCO by the Australian composer, Gordon Kerry.


In 2017 Alison was invited to perform the Australian premiere of the Kerry concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Australian World Orchestra having performed with them under Zubin Mehta and Sir Simon Rattle. She has recorded and performed regularly with the, highly regarded, Australian Chamber Orchestra both internationally and throughout Australia. The ACO recording of Bachs Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and the Triple Concerto for flute, violin and piano where Alison joined Angela Hewitt and Richard Tognetti was a Gramophone Editors Choice.


2020 an extraordinary’ year saw Mitchell taking every opportunity to be involved in creating online content for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. In 2021, Alison and Section Principal Clarinet Irit Silver will perform the World Premiere of Gordon Kerrys Sinfonia Concertante for flute and clarinet, written especially for them and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Alison is also very involved in Queensland Symphony Orchestras education programme and is sought after to give masterclasses and specialist woodwind coaching. Until her return to Australia she was Lecturer in Flute at the Royal
Conservatoire of Scotland.