Alan Hankers is an award-winning composer and pianist currently residing in New York. His music focuses on creating sonic landscapes that often explore the dichotomy between the explicit and the abstract. His works have been performed throughout the United States and Europe by ensembles such as the Texas State Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic Repertory Orchestra, Calidore String Quartet, Unheard-Of//Ensemble, and many others. He currently serves as Composer-in-Residence for Ensemble Edge, a chamber choir (with strings) based in Aarhus, Denmark. In addition to concert music, Alan has been an active film & television composer in New York, where he freelances as a composer and assistant at various post production houses.
As an active pianist, he frequently performs as a soloist and collaborator. Beyond the concert hall, he has toured nationally with prominent progressive rock/metal artists (listen here). Alan's performance has been described as "atmospheric" and "striking" by Outburn Magazine. He has also been featured in editions of Metal Hammer (UK) and Prog Magazine. He is currently working on a myriad of studio projects that will be announced in early 2018.
Alan graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Composition from SUNY Fredonia. He is currently pursuing his PhD at Stony Brook University, where he studies composition with Sheila Silver, Perry Goldstein, and Matthew Barnson. He also teaches undergraduate courses in music theory and composition.