Internationally recognized as an ambitious contemporary saxophonist, Allison Balcetis has studied and collaborated with artists from around the world. Her international performance career includes concerts throughout North America, Europe, Brazil, Thailand, and Taiwan. Recent projects include Curto-Circuito, a yearly workshop for young Brazilian composers, which has seen the creation of over 30 new pieces for saxophone and piano since 2014. Her work as a soloist and chamber musician has produced over 70 world premieres.
As a faculty member of the University of Alberta since 2009, Allison trains the next generation of thoughtful, artistic musicians. Outside of the university, Allison helps develop the contemporary arts community as co-curator of SubArctic Improv and Experimental Arts, a monthly interdisciplinary concert series in a totally improvised context. In 2017 she was awarded the Qualico Artistic Leadership Award from the City of Edmonton.
Allison's recent chamber activities include performing with pianist Sandra Joy Friesen as the Bent Note duo, the mixed instrument quartet UltraViolet, the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet, improvisation ensemble Damn Magpies, and work with Edmontonian musicians and dance companies.
While earning her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Alberta, Allison produced her first solo recording, Zeniths and Nadirs. She also holds degrees from Bowling Green State University, and is the first – and only – saxophonist to earn a joint degree from the Université de Bordeaux and the Conservatoire National de Région de Bordeaux.