Alistair Howlett was born in Sydney, Australia, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He later completed his Masters in Performance at the Hochschule for Music and Theater Munich, Germany, with flute professor András Adorján. From 2006 to 2013, he was Utility Flute with the Opera Australia Orchestra, which performs at the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Alistair has been Guest Principal Flute with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras; toured Japan with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa; and toured the U.S. with the Australia Chamber Orchestra. Among the summer festivals in which he has participated are the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland.
Since moving to the U.S., Alistair has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the Indianapolis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Chautauqua Symphony, and he has performed with the Louisville Symphony and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Alistair has given master classes at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Butler and DePauw Universities, and in 2016, he served as Adjunct Lecturer in Flute at the Indiana University-Jacobs School of Music.
Alistair is Assistant Professor of Music at DePauw University and also is on faculty at Anderson University.