A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Alan received the award for the most outstanding student in his final year. Further study followed with internationally renowned pianists, including Karl Schnabel. Principally a pianist Alan also studied violoncello and singing, trained as a conductor and for twenty years held the position of Head of Keyboard Studies at Cheltenham Ladies’ College.
For their first recording, English Music for Piano Duet, Alan and the pianist Peter Lawson received widespread critical acclaim and ‘Disc of the Year’ from the American music journal Fanfare. “I cannot recall ever hearing a piano duo with such perfect unanimity before. Peter Lawson and Alan MacLean appear to be in total sympathy not just with one another, but with all the music they play.” (International Record Review) Similar accolades followed on release of their second album, British Music for Piano Duet.
Alan is much in demand as a chamber musician, having played with many of the country’s leading instrumentalists. In 2010 he and the violist Carol Hubel-Allen formed the Duo Karadys, the pair enjoying a concert schedule that includes the world premiere of David Earl’s Sonata for Cheltenham Music Festival. Alan is also an Adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals.
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