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Allan Dean

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Trumpet, Festival Artist Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Award(s): Professor Emeritus, Yale School of Music (2019)

Allan Dean

In 2019, trumpeter Allan Dean retired from his position as Professor in the Practice of Trumpet at the Yale School of Music after 31 years on the faculty. He currently performs with the St. Louis Brass and the Berkshire Bach Society. In the field of early music, he was a founding member of Calliope: A Renaissance Band and the New York Cornet and Sackbut Ensemble. Dean was also a member of the New York Brass Quintet for 18 years, and freelanced in the New York City concert and recording field for over 20 years.

Dean performs and teaches each summer at the Mendez Brass Institute and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He is a frequent soloist with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band and has appeared at the Spoleto and Casals festivals, Musiki Blekinge (Sweden) and the Curitiba Music Festival (Brazil) among others. He can be heard playing both modern trumpet and early brass on over 80 recordings on most major labels including RCA, Columbia, Nonesuch and others. On early instruments he has recorded with Calliope, the Waverly Consort, and the Smithsonian Chamber Players.

Dean also served on the faculties of Indiana University, the Manhattan School of Music, the Hartt School and the Eastman School of Music. He lives in the Berkshire Mountains with his wife, Julie Shapiro, an artist, and his daughter, Eloisa. He is an avid tennis player and practices hatha yoga daily.

Allan Dean is a Yamaha Performing Artist. He plays six different Yamaha model trumpets, cornets and flugelhorns.