Alan MacLean is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, receiving the award for the most outstanding student in his final year. Further study followed with internationally renowned pianists, including Karl Schnabel. Although principally a pianist Alan also studied violin, cello and singing, and trained as a conductor under the tutelage of David Lumsden.
Alan is much in demand as a chamber musician, having played with many of the UK's leading instrumentalists. In 2010 he and the violist Carol Hubel-Allen formed the Duo Karadys, the pair enjoying a busy concert schedule that included the world premiere of David Earl's Sonata for Viola and Piano at the Cheltenham International Music Festival. This was followed by a recording of the ‘Earl and Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata.
In the mid-nineties, Albany Records approached Alan MacLean and Peter Lawson with the idea of exploring the wealth of twentieth century music written for piano duet. Their first recording, English Music for Piano Duet, received critical acclaim and was named Disc of the Year by the American music journal Fanfare, moving one critic to write, “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 , and in March 2017 a second disc of British music was released; this time a compilation of previously recorded repertoire with Peter Lawson and new performances with pianist and musical director of English National Ballet, Gavin Sutherland.
After twenty years as Head of Keyboard Studies at The Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Alan left to explore a number of musical projects. He gives master classes for young pianists and chamber music players, and his students have won many accolades and awards. Alan travels extensively, speaking and adjudicating regularly at a wide range of music events throughout the UK and overseas. His 2017/18 schedule includes visits to festivals in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh.