Biography

Allan Dean, Professor Emeritus at the Yale School of Music, retired from the school in 2019 after 31 years on the faculty. He is still actively performing with the St. Louis Brass and the Berkshire Bach Society.

In the early music field he was a founding member of Calliope: A Renaissance Band and the New York Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble. Dean was a member of the New York Brass Quintet for 18 years and free lanced in the New York City concert and recording field for over 20 years before joining the faculty of Indiana University in l982. Upon retirement of the New York Brass Quintet in 1984, Dean joined the St. Louis Brass. In 1988 he moved back to the Northeast to join the Yale faculty.

Dean performs and teaches each summer at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, Connecticut. He is a frequent soloist with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band. Dean has also appeared at the Speleto and Casals Festivals, the Banff Centre (Canada), the Orford Arts Centre (Canada), Musiki Blekinge (Sweden), the Curitiba Music Festival (Brazil) and the Morella Festival (Spain). He can be heard playing both modern trumpet and early brass on over 80 recordings on most major labels including RCA, Columbia, Nonesuch, Summit and others. On early instruments he has recorded with Calliope, The New York Cornets and Sacbuts, The Waverly Consort, The Ensemble for Early Music and The Smithsonian Chamber Players.

Dean previously served on the faculties of Indiana University, the Manhattan School of Music, the Hartt School, the Eastman School, and the Mendez Brass Institute.

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

Dean lives in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts with his wife, Julie Shapiro, an artist, and his daughter, Eloisa, a writer. He is an avid tennis player and practices hatha yoga daily.