Alan Snow, Violin

Alan Snow joined the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2022 and won the position of Associate Concertmaster in November 2022. Previously, he was the second associate concertmaster with the Omaha Symphony. Since his performance with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra at age 13, Alan has performed solo and chamber works internationally, including appearances at Chicago’s Symphony Center, London Symphony Orchestra St. Luke’s, la Sala Manuel M. Ponce in Mexico City, and others. Previous concertmaster appointments include the Evansville Philharmonic, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute Symphony, Festival Napa Valley Music Academy, Britten-Pears Young Artists Program, Indiana University’s top orchestras, Carmel Symphony and Music Academy of the West. Alan has worked closely with esteemed concertmasters Glenn Dicterow, Alexander Kerr, and Jorja Fleezanis and has performed under the baton of conductors and leaders such as John Williams, Sir Simon Rattle, Joshua Bell, Leonidas Kavakos, Osma Vänskä, Thomas Søndergård, Nicholas McGegan, James Gaffigan, Edward Gardner, Stéphane Denève, and Gustavo Dudamel.

Previous awards and honors include being a semifinalist at Windsor Festival International Strings Competition, grand prizes at the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, the LAMC Recording Competition, the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, the Discover Chamber Music Competition, second prize at the Rembrandt Chamber Players and honorable mention at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. As a winner of the Keston MAX Fellowship, Alan played under Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra in 2019. Previous chamber collaborations include performances with Rachel Barton-Pine, James Buswell, Jorja Fleezanis, Martin Chalifour, Mindy Kaufman, Desmond Hoebig, Robert Vernon, Steve Wyrczynski, and Eric Kim.

An avid chamber player, Alan studied closely under the Pacifica Quartet and the Takács Quartet and has recorded two chamber music albums, one as a member of the Chicago Panamerican Ensemble called, “Voices of Mexico’s Past and Present” and one with pianist, Joanne Chang called, “Dialogos.” Both albums explore the rich landscape of classical music in Mexico. Snow also served as first violin of the Eykamp String Quartet and was on faculty of the University of Evansville from 2018-2021. In addition to his teaching there, he has served as artist-faculty at the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival and currently serves on the faculty of the Birch Creek Summer Music Festival in Door County, Wi where he is concertmaster of the orchestra.

Recent and upcoming engagements include performing alongside Erin Keefe and Tony Ross at the Michael Steinberg & Jorja Fleezanis fund, performing the Turina Piano Trio with Jon Kimura Parker at the Minnesota Orchestra, Piazzolla’s Four Seasons with the Birch Creek Symphony, and the Brahms Double Concerto as soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

A Chicago native, Alan participated at Midwest Young Artists for nine years, where he received intensive orchestral and chamber music training. He studied with Gerardo Ribeiro at Northwestern University before receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University under Sibbi Bernhardsson of the Pacifica Quartet and Alexander Kerr, concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.


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