Born in Rochester, New York, while her parents were
attending the Eastman School of Music, Alison Dalton began her violins lessons
at the age of 5 with her father. She studied with his mentors, Henri Temianka
and William Primrose, before making her debut at the age of 13 with the Utah
Symphony under Maurice Abravanel. Alison completed her high school and college
studies in the class of Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute of Music in
Philadelphia and went on to join the Austrian Radio Orchestra and Klaring
Quartet in Vienna.
Since the top European orchestras’ audition
policies excluded women, Alison returned to her studies in America, earning her
master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music with Glenn Dicterow and also
with Shmuel Ashkenasi at Northern Illinois University.
Alison was invited by Sir Georg Solti to become a
member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1987 and devotes her life to the
rigors of being a member of the first violin section and the raising her five
musical children. She also enjoys travel—during her sabbatical leave she made solo
treks to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—dancing and teaching violin.
She plays a 1707 Grancino of Milan violin.
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