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Alan Pierson


Alan Pierson has been praised as “a dynamic conductor and musical visionary” by The New York Times, “a young conductor of monstrous skill” by Newsday, “gifted and electrifying” by The Boston Globe, and “one of the most exciting figures in new music today” by Fanfare.

In addition to his work as artistic director of Alarm Will Sound, Pierson is the principal conductor of the Dublin-based Crash Ensemble, has served as artistic director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and has guest conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Steve Reich Ensemble, Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Silkroad, among other ensembles. He is co-director of the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble, and has been a visiting faculty conductor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Eastman School of Music.

Pierson has collaborated with major composers and performers, including Yo-Yo Ma, Steve Reich, Dawn Upshaw, Osvaldo Golijov, John Adams, Augusta Read Thomas, David Lang, Michael Gordon, La Monte Young, and choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Akram Khan, and Elliot Feld. He has recorded for Nonesuch Records, Cantaloupe Music, Sony Classical, and Sweetspot DVD.

Pierson received bachelor degrees in physics and music from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in conducting from the Eastman School of Music.