About Florestan Recital Project


Pianist Dr. Alison d'Amato (she/they) has been working in vocal and instrumental genres for more than twenty-five years as a collaborative pianist, teacher, and music director. Known as a trailblazer in the field of art song, she directs her passion for song’s rich history towards generating new music and merging its past with its present. In all her activities, Dr. d’Amato is dedicated to energizing relationships in music and bringing student’s love for their art to the forefront of their projects.

Alison has long explored projects that promote interdisciplinary collaborations and new approaches to the performer-audience relationship. In 2003, she became Artistic Co-Director of Florestan Recital Project, one of the earliest organizations to champion art song performances, recordings, and mentoring. Alison is currently Program Co-Director of "(Art) Song Lab,” a unique collaborative intensive which brings together writers, composers, and performers to create new art songs.

Dr. d’Amato’s breadth of artistic experience has made her a valued partner in creative projects and an effective leader in several organizations. In 2017, she joined ArtsBridge as Co-Creator & Faculty for the Artsbridge Summer Art Song program, a college audition preparatory program for high school students that includes courses in song repertoire, poetry, performance masterclasses, and vocal coaching. She taught for more than 10 years at University at Buffalo, ultimately serving as Director of Music Theatre in 2021-2022. Dr. d’Amato was most recently appointed Associate Professor of Vocal Coaching and Coordinator of Vocal Coaching at Eastman School of Music, beginning Fall 2022.



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