Alexandra Allan is an oboist hailing from Perth with a love of musical storytelling. In 2021, Alex will commence her first year of training with Jeffrey Crellin at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
Alex completed her Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from the University of Western Australia in 2020 under the tutelage of Leanne Glover. During her studies, she was supported by a number of scholarships and prizes, including the Delano Scholarship, Wesley Scholarship, Choral Society Prize, ROSL Prize in Music Performance, Edith Cowan Prize and the Alex Cohen Travelling Scholarship. Reflecting her desire to seek narrative in performance, her final thesis explored the aesthetic and hermeneutic relationships between word and music in Jacob ter Veldhuis’ work for oboe and electronics The Garden of Love.
Alex is currently a casual musician with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Perth Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in Australian Youth Orchestra programs since 2018, including the 2019 International Tour. Her onstage highlights from this tour and other adventures include playing Mahler’s First Symphony in Singapore, Mahler’s Second Symphony at the Perth Concert Hall, Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony at the Concertgebouw, Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony at the Sydney Opera House, and Parsifal with Victorian Opera. In smaller settings, Alex has toured the regions with WA Opera and performed at the Bangalow Music Festival in NSW as an enthusiastic chamber musician.