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Allan Armstrong

Postdoctoral Scholar; Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Chamber and Collaborative Music)

Biography

Pianist and vocal coach Allan Armstrong is a postdoctoral scholar and visiting professor of music in chamber and collaborative music 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 the Rocky Mountain Region. He was previously a member of the applied piano faculty at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), where he co-directed the national award-winning UTRGV Bravo Opera Company.

Armstrong has been a principal production coach at Eugene Opera, Opera Colorado, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera on the Avalon, and Opera Tampa. He served as a pianist/coach for nine seasons with the Sherrill Milnes Savannah Voice Festival and with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, from 2010 to 2014. In 2010, he was awarded a residency at the Arrigo Pedrolla Conservatory in Vicenza, Italy. There he performed chamber, lieder, and solo piano concerts.

A particular interest in the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has led him to multiple collaborations with noted composers. He recorded the newly revised version of Bartók's Bluebeard’s Castle under the direction of the composer’s son, Peter Bartók. Armstrong 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 New York University Steinhardt.

Armstrong took a non-traditional route to music since he didn't begin studying piano until age 19. His teachers include the late pianist/composer Robert Helps, Svetozar Ivanov, Margaret McDonald, and Alexandra Nguyen.

When he is not at the piano, he is an avid runner and mountain climber.