Alison is a pianist and cellist engaged in both classical and popular performing and recording. As a cellist, Alison has performed with many well-known recording artists in solo and group studio recordings, and in television and concert hall appearances. She is a founder member of the Elgin String Quartet and still has an active interest in chamber music. As a soloist in the piano concertos of Grieg and Beethoven, Alison has performed with both Youth and Professional orchestras. She has also performed solo piano to audiences throughout Europe and in America. She was appointed external piano examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music for their annual assessments in 2003. Her debut album of John Field's music was released by RCA Victor, New York, in 1999. She has recently finished recording her second solo piano album, which is due to be released next year. Alison is the director of the John Field Institute, which she founded in 2006. In 2007 she was awarded ‘Female Musician of the Year’ from Liveireland.com and ‘Female Musician of the Year’ from Top TIR Awards (Chicago Irish American News).