Alastair Willis served as Resident Conductor of the Seattle Symphony from 2002–2003, after having held the post of Assistant Conductor of that orchestra since September 2000. He previously held the position of Assistant Conductor with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras and Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has appeared with many of the major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Nashville Symphony.
Born in Acton, Massachusetts, Alastair Willis received his Bachelor’s degree with honours from England’s Bristol University and continued his studies at Kingston University, where he earned a postgraduate Certificate of Education degree. He won a scholarship in 1996 to study with Larry Rachleff at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, graduating with a Master of Music degree in 1999.