Alison Stephens is generally considered to be the leading exponent of the classical mandolin in Britain. She was the first graduate of mandolin from Trinity College of Music, London, and was appointed a teacher upon graduation, a post she still holds.
Alison has played throughout the United Kingdom and has toured around the world, with appearances throughout Europe, in the United States, the Middle and Far East and South Africa. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician at many of the most famous concert halls at home and abroad, including the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
She is in high demand as a soloist both in concerto performances and solo recitals, and regularly performs in her three long-standing duos, as Duo Mandala with harpist Lauren Scott, and with guitarist Craig Ogden as well as with Steven Devine. She has also frequently broadcast and recorded for radio, including BBC Radios 3 and 4, Classic FM, ABC (Australia), SABC (South Africa) and BBC Radio Scotland. She also presented her own BBC Radio 4 feature, which was subsequently nominated for a Sony Award. As well as a recording with Craig Ogden inspired by the book, Alison Stephens has worked on several projects in connection with Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, including playing in the sold-out stage show which had over five hundred performances. She also played on the soundtrack for the Hollywood film.