Henry Allison

Musician and Violinist in Bloomington, Indiana

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Henry Allison is an American violinist currently based in the United States. He completed his undergraduate studies with Professor Marilyn McDonald at the Oberlin Conservatory. He recently completed a Master’s degree in Music studying with Professor Kevork Mardirossian at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Other substantial mentors and teachers in his career include Robert Lipsett, Ilya Kaler, Ayano Ninomiya, Nelson Lee, Milan Vitek, Per Enoksson, and Byung-Woo Kim. This summer he will travel to Estonia to play in classes and lessons with Ivry Gitlis. He has attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Litomyšl Summer Masterclass on multiple occasions.

As an Orchestral player, his leadership abilities have awarded him with multiple opportunities to occupy Principal Second Violin and Assistant Concertmaster of the Oberlin Orchestra. He currently works as the Associate Concertmaster of both the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Terra Haute Symphony, and has acted as guest Associate Concertmaster for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, as well as Concertmaster for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic on numerous occasions. He will join the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for their centennial season.

His string quartet occupied a position in the Pacifica Quartet’s seminar class in Bloomington, receiving regular coaching and performance opportunities from members of the Pacifica Quartet. As a chamber musician, Henry has given concerts in the Cleveland Museum of Art performing the contemporary quartet "Scherzi" by Bernard Rands. His Cleveland concert was met with positive press reviews.

As a soloist, Henry has made eleven public appearances across the Czech Republic giving recitals through the Litomysl Violin Masterclass program. Recent accomplishments include winning first prize at the Menomonee Falls Young Artist's Competition in Milwaukee Wisconsin. When he was 18, Henry was showcased in Homestead Highschool's spring concert, giving a performance of Jean Sibelius' violin concerto with their orchestra. In 2014 he participated in the Dia-beats benefit concert in Los Altos CA playing to raise money and awareness for children afflicted with diabetes.

A frequent participator of Masterclasses, Henry has enjoyed playing for Paul Kantor, Joel Smirnoff, Elena Urioste, Frank Almond, Blair Milton, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Gerardo Ribeiro, and even Chris Thile of the Punch Brothers.

  • Work
    • Civic Orchestra of Chicago
  • Education
    • Oberlin Conservatory
    • Indiana University Jacobs School of Music