A native of Perth, Scotland, pianist Alastair Edmonstone has performed as soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Edmonstone earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Birmingham Conservatoire in England and the Master of Music degree and Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In 2012 he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is recipient of awards from the Scottish International Education Trust and the European Union.
His primary piano teachers have been Stephen Drury, Robin McCabe, and Mark Racz. Additionally, he studied collaborative piano with Julius Drake, Kayo Iwama, and John Moriarty.
Between 2010 and 2102, Edmonstone served as Faculty Opera Répétiteur at Birmingham Conservatoire. Prior to this, he was Doctoral Teaching Associate in Collaborative Piano at the University of Washington where he worked extensively with soprano Jane Eaglen. As an educator he has given guest lectures and classes at the University of Victoria, Seattle University, University of Portland, Central Washington University, Santa Monica College, and Columbus State University.
An advocate of modern music, he has worked closely with composers such as Jonathan Harvey, Huck Hodge, Lee Hyla, and Gunther Schuller, and gave the Boston premiere of Schuller’s Grand Concerto for Percussion and Keyboards in 2005. Between 2008 and 2009 he presented over a dozen performances of Messiaen’s legendary piano cycle Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus to mark the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. In 2010 Edmonstone gave the Seattle premiere of Luciano Berio’s landmark 2001 work, the Sonata per pianoforte solo.
At Towson University Edmonstone is a staff pianist.