Alison McGillivray - cello
Alison McGillivray studied the cello at the RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) with William Conway and subsequently became hooked on early music while studying with the late Jennifer Ward Clark: her love of the viola da gamba stems from accompanying the early English song class at the Royal Academy of Music. McGillivray played in London for many years as principal cellist and soloist with the Academy of Ancient Music and the English Concert.
McGillivray's solo recordings include C.P.E. Bach's Cello Concerto with the Academy of Ancient Music and, for Linn, Geminiani's cello sonatas with David McGuinness. Recent albums have includeed music by Tobias Hume with Concerto Caledonia, Vivaldi's L'Estro armonico with Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque, and Nine Daies Wonder with the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments.
McGillivray is based in Glasgow and as a Feldenkrais Method practitioner combines her skills to explore how the way we move can influence the music we make.
'a light touch and conversational spark...her solo Fantasias are breathtaking'more >>Artistxite
,,...eine überaus inspirierte, elegante und lebendige Deutung dieser bemerkenswerten Kleinode.''more >>The Strad
Alison McGillivray is an imaginative and stylish interpreter of Geminiani's six cello sonatas op. 5.more >>The Financial Times
Awarded Best Classical CD of 2005more >>Music-Web International
She offers sensitive, committed playing...more >>The Whold Note (Toronto)
...richness in embellishment...more >>Early Music Today
...superbly expressive and imaginative playing...more >>International Record Review
I have enjoyed this CD very much, and shall return to it often.more >>The Herald
...the disc, with its endless stream of stylish and imaginative performance strokes, is absolutely convincing.more >>ClassicalSource.com
This is imaginative playing of the first rank.more >>The Dominion Post (Wellington, NZ)
The sound is breathtakingly natural, making this a release that, while mandatory for baroque specialists, should be owned by all music lovers.more >>The Daily Telegraph
Her warm, rich sound has a sunny autumnal maturity...more >>Early Music Review
Alison and her trio of co-conspirators have that something special in buckets.more >>The Times
The music swings from sighing movements to cheerful jigs.more >>The Sunday Herald
Alive and stylish.more >>MusicWeek
A recording full of "expressive and imaginative sounds"more >>