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Alan Pierson

Alan Pierson

Before being part of the founding of Alarm Will Sound in 2001, Alan Pierson’s creative interests were all over the map: he tried his hands at writing scripts for Star Trek before getting his physics degree at MIT -- where he finished a thesis on planetary dynamics -- after which he started (but never finished) a Masters degree in composition at the Eastman School of Music. His first encounters with contemporary music were at a high school program at Northwestern, where he fell in love with Reich’s Tehillim and experienced a head-scratching but eye-opening evening watching one of Cage’s Europeras with the composer in attendance. It was through his work with his colleagues in Alarm Will Sound that Alan discovered a passion for conducting contemporary music. Since beginning his career with Alarm Will Sound, Alan has also served as Artistic Director and conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Principal Conductor of Ireland’s Crash Ensemble, and visiting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern’s Bieden School of Music. He’s also conducted numerous other ensembles and orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Steve Reich Ensemble, the London Sinfonietta, and the Silk Road Project. But Alarm Will Sound always remains Alan’s artistic home, the group of musicians whom he finds most stimulating, challenging, and inspiring to work with.