Alan Hankers is an award-winning composer and pianist currently residing in New York. 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, North Shore Symphony 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. His studio work has been described as "atmospheric" and "striking" by Outburn Magazine. Additional features include 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 the State University of New York at Fredonia. He’s currently a PhD candidate at Stony Brook University, where he teaches undergraduate courses in music theory & composition. His principal composition instructors include Sheila Silver, Matthew Barnson, Perry Goldstein, Karl Boelter, Sean Doyle, and Rob Deemer. He also studied piano with Sean Duggan.