Background

DMA, Eastman School of Music

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. He is the artistic director and conductor of acclaimed ensemble Alarm Will Sound, which has been called "the future of classical music" by the New York Times and "a sensational force" with "powerful ideas about how to renovate the concert experience" by the New Yorker. Pierson  served as the artistic director and conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. The New York Times called Pierson's leadership at the Philharmonic "truly inspiring," and the New Yorker's Alex Ross described it as "remarkably innovative, perhaps even revolutionary."

Pierson has also appeared as a guest conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Steve Reich Ensemble, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Silk Road Project, among other ensembles. He is principal conductor of the Dublin-based Crash Ensemble and has been a visiting faculty conductor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Eastman School of Music. He regularly collaborates with major composers and performers, including Yo-Yo Ma, Steve Reich, Dawn Upshaw, Osvaldo Golijov, John Adams, Augusta Read Thomas, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Donnacha Dennehy, La Monte Young, and choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Akram Khan, and Elliot Feld.

Pierson has recorded for Nonesuch Records, Cantaloupe Music, Sony Classical, and Sweetspot DVD.  For more information, visit his personal website.

News

Institute for New Music announces 2019-2020 season

August 8, 2019

Pierson brings music of Aphex Twin to Northwestern

May 23, 2019

Bienen Institute for New Music welcomes David T. Little and Judd Greenstein

April 3, 2019

Bienen School hosts third biennial new music conference April 20-22

April 3, 2018

Steve Reich completes first Nemmers Prize residency

February 10, 2017

Bienen musicians shine in Reich tribute concert

November 22, 2016

MusicNOW: Steve Reich's 80th Birthday Celebration

November 9, 2016

Opening Year Celebration Events

June 13, 2016

New Music Thrives at Northwestern

June 1, 2016

Northwestern University Music in May

April 21, 2016

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Ensembles

Contemporary Music Ensemble

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