Biographies

Duo Alterity

“Duo Alterity is rapidly emerging as one of the premier Flute and Guitar Duos on today’s concert stage” (Richard Provost, Professor Emeritus and Founder of The Hartt School Guitar Department). The multi-award-winning ensemble has performed extensively across the United States, and was most recently invited to be artists-in-residence for the 2018 Connecticut Summerfest Contemporary Music Festival where they had the opportunity to work closely with emerging composers and give three world premieres.

Duo Alterity is extremely dedicated to the performance of new music. “Their zest for contemporary music shines through in every performance, and their zeal for diving into new compositions is abundant in their work with emerging composers” (Aaron N. Price, Artistic Director & Co-Founder, Connecticut Summerfest, Inc.). In 2016, they gave the world premiere of “La Perla del Pico” by Frank Wallace, and the 2019 season will see them back to Connecticut Summerfest.

In 2017, Duo Alterity became finalists in the Classics Alive Young Artist Auditions, adding to their quickly growing list of awards. The ensemble also won 1st prize in the 2017 Music of Americas Great Composers Competition, the 2016 Vivo International Music Competition, and the 2016 Inaugural Hartt Chamber Music Competition.

Duo Alterity has performed at numerous prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, and the Governor’s Mansion in Hartford, CT.

Duo Alterity’s “innovative programming” and “musically charged performances” make them “one of the most captivating emerging ensembles today” (Dave McLellan, Curator, Hartt@Home).


Allison Makenzie Hughes

Allison Hughes enjoys a diverse and exciting career of solo, chamber, and orchestral performances. She gave her Carnegie Hall debut in January 2016 as a founding member of Duo Alterity, which has garnered first prizes in the 2016 Vivo International Music Competition, 2016 Hartt Chamber Music Competition, and 2017 Music of America’s Great Composers Competition.

Passionate about the flute as a solo instrument, Allison was recently selected to perform the Liebermann Flute Concerto with the Hartt Orchestra. Allison has appeared playing principal flute with ensembles such as the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra and the Hartford Opera Theatre Orchestra. With Duo Alterity, Allison served as an Artist in Residence for the 2018 season of Connecticut Summerfest, and will return for the 2019 season.

Allison is currently the flute instructor at Bay Path University, and holds Master’s and Bachelor's degrees in Flute Performance from The Hartt School, where she studied with Janet Arms. While at Hartt, Allison was on a full scholarship as a member of the prestigious Performance 20/20 Chamber Ensemble. For four years, beginning with her third undergraduate year, Allison taught a technique class for flute performance majors at Hartt. She loves sharing her passion for music and life with students, collaborators, and audiences alike.

Joseph Van Doran

Award winning classical guitarist Joseph Van Doran has performed throughout the United States as a soloist and chamber musician. Most recently he was an artist-in-residence with his flute and guitar duo, Duo Alterity, for the 2018 Connecticut Summerfest Contemporary Music Festival, as well as a finalist in the 2017 Classics Alive Young Artist Auditions.

A dedicated performer of new music, Van Doran has premiered numerous new compositions. He gave the world premiere of “A Growing Absence,” a monumental guitar quartet by Lisa Coons, as a major part of the 2016 Women Composers Festival of Hartford, as well as the world premiere of “La Perla del Pico,” a quintet for flute and four guitars, by Frank Wallace in 2015. Through collaborations with the New England Guitar Ensembles Festival, Van Doran has also presented the world premieres of “Never Forget Atahualpa” by Carlo Domeniconi in 2015, “4 Moods and Coda” by Roland Dyens in 2014, and “Hemingway” by Andrew York in 2013.

As a founding member of Duo Alterity, with acclaimed flutist Allison Hughes, Van Doran has won numerous awards, including first place in the 2017 Music of Americas Great Composers Competition, first place in the 2016 Vivo International Music Competition, and first place in the 2016 Inaugural Hartt Chamber Music Competition. Duo Alterity has performed at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, and the Governor’s Mansion in Hartford, CT.

Van Doran has performed in master classes as a soloist and chamber musician for many renowned performers, including the Imani Winds, the Lions Gate Trio, Denis Azabagic, Jason Vieaux, Oscar Ghiglia, Antigoni Goni, Andrew York, Benjamin Verdery, and Richard Provost.

Van Doran is currently pursuing his Master of Music at the University of Hartford's The Hartt School as a student of internationally acclaimed guitarist Christopher Ladd, where he was invited to be a member of the prestigious Performance 20/20 Honors Chamber Music Program. He received his Bachelor of Music at Hartt and is also a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, where he studied under world-renowned guitarist Mark Delpriora.

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