Alison Bruce Cerutti, pianist, performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Vermont, in Canada with Elizabeth Reid; and as a collaborative pianist in the U.S. and France. Jim Lowe of the Times Argus (VT) writes: “Cerutti...proved an ideal interpreter. Employing her substantial technique, she colored Nielsen’s lines and evoked his characters with a naturalness that gave her performance the narrative feeling of storytelling. It was a substantial and rewarding performance of truly compelling music.”
Over the past year, Cerutti has performed a series of solo concerts, including appearances in the Plainfield Opera House series and the Frank Suchomel Memorial Arts Center piano concert series. She also premiered excerpts from Aliceheimer’s, an opera by Dana Walrath and Erik Nielsen and recorded Women of Aeronautics by Danielle O’Hallisey with TURNmusic. She also performed two concert programs with Counterpoint, Vermont’s professional choral ensemble. In November 2022, Cerutti premiered new music by American composer Carol Wood in a program with her chamber group ARIOSO.
Recently, she appeared as a soloist with the Norwich University Band Company in 2018 with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and with the Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra in 2015 with the Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor. She also appeared as a soloist with the Vermont Philharmonic and as part of a two-piano duo with her brother Daniel Bruce. Cerutti premiered many works by Vermont composers, including Michael Close, Lydia Busler, Erik Nielsen, David Gunn, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Carol Wood, and Canadian composer David Jaeger. She can also be heard as a pianist in the soundtrack of Bess O’Brien’s documentary All of Me, featuring the music of Erik Nielsen.
She studied with Louis Moyse for eight years and accompanied his flute master classes in Vermont and France.
Cerutti has collaborated in a viola-piano duo with her friend and colleague Elizabeth Reid since 2004. This collaboration has led to ensembles such as the Cerutti-Reid Duo, Arioso, with contralto Linda Radtke, and the Northern Third Piano Quartet, with violinist Sofia Hirsch and cellist John Dunlop. Cerutti also performed with Counterpoint, and TURNmusic for the 2015 production of A Fleeting Animal, as an orchestra of one for Unadilla productions of HMS Pinafore, Mikado, and Pirates of Penzance, to name a few, as well as a collaborative pianist for the Mad River Chorale, Winooski Valley Festival, the All State Music Festival Scholarship Winners, and Music-COMP.