Pianist Dr. Alison d’Amato is passionately engaged as performer and teacher in the full spectrum of collaborative musical genres, particularly skilled in song and text-based genres. A valued colleague and innovative mentor, she is Artistic Co-Director of Florestan Recital Project, Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching at Eastman School of Music, Program co-Director of Art song Lab, and Lecturer in Voice at University at Buffalo. In all these activities, Dr. d’Amato is dedicated to energizing the relationships and communication inherent in music and bringing students’ love for their music to the forefront of their projects.
Alison has developed several projects that explore interdisciplinary collaborations and new approaches to the performer-audience relationship. Since 2003, her work with Florestan Recital Project has engaged audiences and artists in a broad spectrum of art song collaborations through performances, recordings, and mentoring. This includes several programs in Florestan’s series “Composers in Words and Song,” audio-biographical programs with songs and read correspondence from the composer’s life.
In 2011, she co-created the Art Song Lab (www.artsonglab.com), a program that facilitates creative interaction between writers, composers, and performers from around the world to advance the genre of contemporary art song. From 2007-2015, she was a Founding Faculty member of Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI), a summer program for innovative performance and interdisciplinary study.
Alison is a frequent guest artist and mentor. In 2017, she joined the faculty of ArtsBridge’s ArtSong summer intensive, which prepares rising high school seniors for college/conservatory voice performance programs. In 2020, Alison begins touring a unique mentoring residency project, using Robert Schumann’s Myrthen as an intensive German Lied ensemble project for undergraduates. Alison has been a guest artist at The AmBul Festival (Sofia, Bulgaria), SOURCE Song Festival, Boston Conservatory, Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, SUNY Fredonia, and Dickinson College. In addition to traditional masterclasses in collaborative repertoire, Alison has shared classes with colleagues in Humanities, musicology, poetry, composition, and performance disciplines. Recent recording projects include The Complete Songs of Virgil Thomson (New World Records), David Liptak’s Dove Songs with soprano Tony Arnold (New Focus Recordings), and Music for Violin and Piano by Joseph Achron with violinist Michael Ludwig (Naxos).