A native of Toronto, Canada, Alan received his Performance degree from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He has performed extensively with ensembles throughout
North America and Europe.
Alan is a highly respected teacher, coach and clinician. He is a favorite clinician at the annual Chicago Bass Festival and a highly regarded former faculty member at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Wisconsin, where his students regularly won awards. As a judge of student contests he is known for his helpfulness and encouragement. Many school districts use Alan's talents as a sectional and chamber group coach.
A familiar face in the bass section of many orchestras in the Chicago area, he is former assistant principal bass of The Lake Forest Symphony, Principal Bass of the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra and a charter member of The Chicago Sinfonietta, among others.
Internationally, Alan is a former member of The Jerusalem Symphony (Israel), L'Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. In the Chicago area, he has performed with many of the leading classical ensembles such as The Elgin Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, Lyric Opera and Chicago Opera Theater.