Alastair Edmonstone has performed as collaborative pianist, soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Africa. Recent performances include recitals at New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Seattle Art Museum, University of Maryland, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Seattle’s Meany Theater, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the University of Edinburgh.
An advocate of modern music, Dr. Edmonstone has collaborated with leading composers such as Jonathan Harvey, Huck Hodge, Lee Hyla, Kirk Mechem and Gunther Schuller. Championing challenging works of the 20th and 21st Century repertoire, Dr. Edmonstone 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.
As chamber musician, Edmonstone has performed with current and former members of the Baltimore and Boston Symphony Orchestras, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orpheus Orchestra and Canadian Brass. He has worked extensively with leading vocalists such as Vinson Cole, Jane Eaglen, Marquita Lister and Louise Toppin.
A native of Perth, Scotland, Alastair 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. He earned his undergraduate degree from Birmingham Conservatoire in England, and also studied at the Royal Conservatory, Brussels. Prior to his appointment at California State University San Bernardino, Dr. Edmonstone held faculty positions at Towson University, Lincoln University and Birmingham Conservatoire.