Alastair Edmonstone has performed as soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist throughout North America, Europe, and Africa. Recent performances include recitals at Peabody Conservatory, University of Maryland, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Seattle’s Meany Theater, Seattle Art Museum, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Edinburgh and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
An advocate of modern music, Edmonstone has collaborated with leading composers such as Paulo Chagas, Jonathan Harvey, Huck Hodge, Lee Hyla, Kirk Mechem and Gunther Schuller. Championing challenging works of the 20th and 21st Century repertoire, Alastair gave the Seattle premier of Luciano Berio’s Sonata per pianoforte solo, the Boston premier of Gunther Schuller’s Grand Concerto for Percussion and Keyboards and over a dozen performances of Olivier Messiaen’s legendary piano cycle Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus.
Currently, Edmonstone is the Collaborative Pianist in residence at California State University San Bernardino. Previously he served on the piano faculty of both Towson University and Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. From 2010-12 he was faculty opera coach at Birmingham Conservatoire in England. Edmonstone has also worked extensively with celebrated vocalists Vinson Cole, Jane Eaglen, Marquita Lister and Louise Toppin.
A native of Perth, Scotland, Edmonstone holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington, and a Master of Music and Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He earned his undergraduate degree in Piano from Birmingham Conservatoire in England, and also studied at the Royal Conservatory, Brussels. His principal teachers have been Stephen Drury, Robin McCabe and Mark Racz.