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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 the 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 recently began his second season as the Artistic Director and conductor of the newly renovated Brooklyn Philharmonic. Time Out New York praised Pierson’s inaugural season as “extraordinary,” a “season of miraculous resurgence.” The New Yorker’s Alex Ross wrote that “The Brooklyn Philharmonic’s first season under Alan Pierson is remarkably innovative, perhaps even revolutionary,” and The New York Times called the season “truly inspiring,” and said that under Pierson’s leadership, “the Brooklyn Philharmonic has the potential to be not just a good orchestra but also an important one.”
This spring, Pierson makes his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has also appeared as a guest conductor with 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 also 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.