Alison Fierst joined the New York Philharmonic as Associate Principal Flute in September 2019, having previously held the position of second flute in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Passionate about education, Ms. Fierst is on the faculty at The Consummate Flutist Masterclass held at Carnegie Mellon University, is an instructor with Play With A Pro (www.playwithapro.com), and maintains a private teaching studio in NYC and online. In addition, she has given lectures at institutions in North America, South America, and Asia.
Ms. Fierst has been a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra and studied with Nadine Asin, Mark Sparks, and Demarre McGill. An active soloist, her honors include Second Place in the 2017 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and First Place in the 2017 Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Young Artist Competition. She also won First Place in the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) Woodwind Competition and proceeded to win Second Place in the 2018 NSAL National Woodwind Competition.
A native of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, Alison Fierst began her flute studies with Inna Leoni. She completed her bachelor’s in flute performance at Carnegie Mellon University and began earning her master’s in orchestral performance at Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers include Alberto Almarza, former New York Philharmonic Principal Flute Jeanne Baxtresser, and Philharmonic Principal Flute Robert Langevin.
Alison plays on a 9k Muramatsu flute, Haynes Amadeus alto, and Burkart piccolo with Mancke headjoint.