B i o g r a p h y
Pianist and vocal coach Allan Armstrong is Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano (Instrumental and Vocal) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is the official accompanist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions for the Colorado/Wyoming district and Rocky Mountain Region. Previously he served on the applied piano faculty at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where he co-directed the nationally award-winning UTRGV Bravo Opera Company. Allan is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing as a coach/collaborative pianist. He is in the class of the 2019 NATS Intern Program at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Allan was principal production coach at Eugene Opera for Béatrice et Bénédict (2016); at Opera on the Avalon for Sweeney Todd (2016) and The Turn of the Screw (2015); and at Spotlight on Opera for L'elisir d'amore (2017) and Albert Herring (2016). In 2015 he was the rehearsal pianist and coach for Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle featuring bass-baritone Samuel Ramey at the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. He was the pianist and coach for Sugar Creek Symphony and Song's production of The Magic Flute and worked for nine seasons with Sherrill Milnes' Savannah Voice Festival. From 2010-2014 Allan served as a pianist/coach with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Blacksburg, VA. He has performed throughout Japan on a concert tour with soprano Deleen Davidson.
Allan was the resident coach/accompanist for Opera Colorado where his performance highlights included the world premiere of the abridged version of Lori Laitman's The Scarlet Letter and a gala concert with soprano Elizabeth Futral.
A particular interest in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries has led Allan to multiple collaborations with noted composers. He recorded the newly revised version of Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle with the composer's son, Peter. Allan has performed the music of Richard Wernick and Louis Andriessen under their direction. In 2010 he was a featured solo pianist in a recital of the complete piano works of Pulitzer prize winning composer David Del Tredici at NYU Steinhardt School.
Allan took a non-traditional route to music; he didn't begin studying the piano until the age of nineteen. His teachers include the late pianist/composer Robert Helps and Svetozar Ivanov at the University of South Florida. Allan's academic pursuits aside from music include Italian Literature and Art Criticism. In 2010 he was awarded a residency at the Arrigo Pedrolla Conservatory in Vicenza, Italy. There he performed chamber, lieder, and solo piano concerts. When he is not at the piano, Allan is an avid mountain climber and runner.