Allan Zavod  is a piano  virtuoso,  accomplished composer, admired jazz musician and  occasional conductor who has had an outstanding career, especially in America. Fresh from completing a music  degree from the Melbourne Conservatorium, University of Melbourne in 1969, Allan was  recognised as a piano  virtuoso  by Duke Ellington. Duke arranged for Allan to study  at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Boston – where Allan was  later a professor of music. In his career Allan has  collaborated with some of the world’s most  well known international musicians such as Duke Ellington, Cab  Calloway,  George Benson, Eric Clapton and  Frank  Zappa, as well as Australian musicians James Morrison,  Kate Ceberano and  Judith Durham. He has  also  performed for the Queen, the Prince and  Princess of Wales and  several Heads of State. Allan was  based in the USA for 20 years where he played, toured and  recorded with some of the world’s biggest names like the Glenn  Miller Orchestra. And when he wasn’t on the road  he scored more  than  30 US and Australian films and  TV shows. Allan was  a pioneer in a compositional style that combines classical and  jazz genres, where musicians from both worlds share the same concert platform equally. Achieving international success as a composer who successfully combines classical and  jazz genres, Allan’s symphonic works have been performed by orchestras  in Australia, Europe and  the US. As a film composer Allan has  scored over 30 films including  a movie with the legendary Eric Clapton. He recently composed the Environmental Symphony for orchestra, narrator and  synchronized visuals which was performed at the prestigious 2010  Banksia Awards  and narrated by Sir Richard Branson. The University of Melbourne awarded Allan the Degree  of Doctor of Music in recognition of his international achievements as a composer. This doctorate is the highest award in the academic world and only a handful of people have been awarded this in the 150-year history of Melbourne University.  The award is designed to give formal recognition to eminent scholars who have made substantial, original and distinguished contributions to music  knowledge. In recognition of Allan’s significant  contribution, Monash University appointed him to the esteemed position  of Adjunct Senior Research Fellow.  Allan received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) posthumously on January 26, 2017.   

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