Allan Gordon Bell received a Master of Music degree from the University of Alberta where he studied with Violet Archer, Malcolm Forsyth, and Manus Sasonkin. He also did advanced studies in composition at the Banff Centre for the Arts where his teachers were Jean Coulthard, Bruce Mather, and Oskar Morawetz.
He has created works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, band, and electroacoustic media as well as scores for contemporary dance productions and an opera. His music has been performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Orford String Quartet, eighth blackbird, Soundstreams Canada, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, New Works Calgary and Land’s End Chamber Society as well as many other professional and amateur organizations in North America, Europe and Asia.
Bell is Professor of Music at the University of Calgary. From 1984 to 1988 and from 2006 to 2010, he served as President of the National Board of the Canadian Music Centre. He received the 2014 JUNO award for the Classical Composition of the Year.