Allan comes from Boulder, Colorado, from a musical and artistic family that included circus musicians, band leaders, symphonic performers, horse breeders, and fine artists. He majored in trumpet performance at the University of Colorado, then studied composition with Cecil Effinger, a peer of Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copeland in the Boulanger composition salon of Paris. At age 24 he started piano as his main instrument, and did graduate work at the University of Wyoming with Werner Rose and Charles Willman, a former student of Claude Debussy.
After correspondence study for composition with Eastman University, Allan chose to go to work as a performer, spending several years with successful dance, rock, and jazz ensembles. In 1988 he began a solo career, becoming a cocktail pianist and singer in five star resorts in Vail and Aspen, Colorado, as well as venues in Copenhagen, Quebec City, and several cruise ships. During his years in Vail he shared the stage with many famous performers such as Ray Charles, Judy Collins, Tom Petty, and John Denver. He also accompanied singers from the New York Met and the Central City Opera, and performed with ensembles from the New York Philharmonic. He continues to perform as a jazz and new classical pianist and singer, bandleader, and as an accompanist.
After twelve years and thousands of engagements, He founded Green Shadow Music to publish his recorded compositions, placing many works with music libraries and production companies in Los Angeles, London, Toronto, and New York. In addition, Stuart has released six solo and seven ensemble albums, signing with Eroica Classical Recordings in 2007 for distribution of his new classical piano works and orchestrated material. His albums are also now available from Ash Records based in Denver, and all digital music sales sites. Currently he works in a production studio on La Garita Creek, performs at the Windsor Hotel in beautiful downtown Del Norte, Colorado, and plays engagements all around Colorado and northern New Mexico.
In the Vail Valley Allan has played the Hyatt Regency, Beaver Creek Resort, the Vilar Center, the Chop House, and TraMonti’s in Beaver Creek. In Vail Village he has performed at the Manor Vail, the Lodge, Vail Village Inn, Platz’l, the Cascade and others. Elsewhere in the Valley he’s been heard at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, Piney Lake Ranch, and Eagle Valley golf course to name a few.
Over Vail pass in Summit County Allan has been at Keystone Resort, the Breckenridge Hilton, The Villager Hotel, Beaver Run Resort, the Lodge at Breckenridge, and other establishments.
In Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs the significant venues include the Boulderado Hotel, the Adam’s Mark Hotel, the Broadmoor, the Brown Palace, the Oxford Hotel, the Fox Theater, the Fairmont Hotel, the Boulder Theater, the Essex Arms, Josephina’s, Swallow Hill, the Glen Miller Ballroom, the Boetcher Mansion, and Simm’s Landing.
Allan has some experience abroad and outside Colorado, largely as a piano bar entertainer on cruise ships including the Royal Princess, the Crown Princess, and the Splendor of the Seas. Hehas performed at Tango Bistro in Quebec City, Bach’s in Copenhagen, the Amskeller in Amsterdam.
Performance Resume Highlights:
2007: Pianist and singer at the Red Lion Hotel and the
5th Street Market in Eugene, Oregon
1997-2005: Pianist and Singer at the Colony in Aspen, the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, the Cascade and the Manor Vail in Vail, Colorado
1988-1995: Bandleader for The Jazz Ravens and the Allan Stuart Trio in Boulder. Owner of Ash Productions, producing albums, demos, and commercial recordings
2001-present: Original concert pianist and recording artist
2001- present: Recording Composer for the film and TV industry, with over 200 placements by 2014
2004-present: Publish recording composer of piano works, neo-classical virtual orchestrations, and mixed ensemble music
2008-present: Perform at mixed venues in
Oregon and Colorado
Performance Venue Highlights
Concert music has been performed at...
The Vilar Center in Beaver Creek, Ford Ampitheater in Vail,
The Creede Repertory Theater, Mackie Auditorium and the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University of Colorado, Chautauqua auditorium in Boulder, Unity of Boulder,
Denver Auditorium Arena
Cocktail Music Venues...
In Vail and Aspen: Hyatt Regency/Park Hyatt- Ritz Carleton - Chop House - Vail Cascade - Manor Vail - Lodge at Vail - The Christie Lodge - The Colony Piano Bar - Lodge and Spa at CordilleraIn
Boulder and Denver: The Boulderado Hotel - The Essex Arms - The Adams Mark Hotel - The Brown Palace Hotel - The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs
Around about: H.M.S. Royal Princess, Crown Princess, Splendor of the Seas - Tango Bistro in Quebec City - Bach's in Copenhagen - Amskellar in Amsterdam - Red Lion Hotel, 5th Street Market (Eugene), and The Adobe Resort in Yachats, Oregon