Alison Harney

Alison Harney

Second Violin

Principal Dr. Frederick Eno Woodruff Chair

Alison Harney began violin studies at the age of seven in Lancaster, California, making her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic when she was 13. After winning top prizes in several state and national competitions, Harney continued her studies at the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory, graduating from both institutions with honors.

She has won several prestigious awards, including the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School and the Grace B. Jackson Award for outstanding performance at the Tanglewood Music Center. From 1989 to 1992, she was a member of the award-winning Franciscan String Quartet, formerly the quartet-in-residence at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Harney has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, both as a soloist and as a member of the Franciscan Quartet. She is also an avid chamber music collaborator and has participated in chamber music festivals nationwide. From 2002-06 Harney was Associate Concertmaster of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho, as well as the Music Director of the festival’s Chamber Series. Other summer activities have included the Portland Chamber Music Festival in Maine, and the Cactus Pear Chamber Music Festival in San Antonio.

Harney is the Principal Second Violin of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Various solo performances with the orchestra include the Bach Double Violin Concerto and Vivaldi’s Triple Concerto with Jaime Laredo, the Bach Oboe and Violin Concerto with Peter Bowman, and Mozart's Concerto No. 3 with Alan Gilbert conducting. In 2005 she performed the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, with fellow SLSO musicians Mark Sparks and Jennifer Nitchman, Nicholas McGegan conducting; and in 2007, again under the baton of Mr. McGegan, Alison Harney performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5.