Born in Los Angeles, California on January 25, 1966, Alan's parents discovered their only child's natural ability to listen to a song and play it by ear on his small electric organ keyboard when he was three years old. Unable to find a piano teacher willing to take on such a young student, they held off on piano lessons until Alan was 9 years old.
Playing piano and composing music came very natural to this young prodigy, yet he never considered pursuing music as a career. That is, until a chance meeting in 1988 with the legendary producer and artist manager Joe Gottfried, who told Alan after listening to three original compositions, “You need to be in this business!” Mentored by Joe, Alan established Roubik Records in 1992 as a launching pad for his own music.
Alan's first album "Promises" was a hit on Contemporary Jazz and Adult Contemporary radio stations in the US and abroad. The popularity of this romantic record lead to the production of the music video "Promises," which regularly aired on such programs such as MTV, Star TV Asia, MOR Music and PBS Classic Arts Showcase. The video was filmed in 35mm by the same production crew that produced pop-star Michael Jackson's music videos, assisted by Director John Landis.
In 1995, Alan began producing the first of the Music For Your Heart series of CDs, which remains the most successful "healing music" recordings ever produced, and is in the National Archives of Japan. Scientifically tested and endorsed by an independent research laboratory in Tokyo lead by best-selling author Dr. Masaru Emoto, Alan’s music is said to have the most healing properties of any modern music. His music is used and recommended by doctors, professional athletes and trainers, fitness and yoga instructors, as well as spiritual healers. Gold Medalist Gary Hall and Coach Mike Bottom used Alan's music at Stanford University as a part of their training, as have numerous other Olympic athletes and champions.
When Alan was 16 years old, he sustained severe damage to the ulnar nerve in his right arm, making it nearly impossible to hold a utensil, let alone play the piano without intense pain. Doctors suggested surgery, but Alan refused and was determined to rehabilitate himself. He sat at the piano daily for as long as he could take the pain and composed music that suited his limited hand movements. Unbeknownst to Alan, he had been utilizing one form of music therapy that would eventually strengthen his hand and allow him full mobility to perform again.
Alan is currently preparing to record two new albums, to be released in 2017.
Who was Joe Gottfried?
Joe discovered and managed some of the most popular recording artists in the 70's and 80's, including Toto, The Carpenters, Fleetwood Mac and Rick Springfield. He was also founder and president of Sound City Recording Studio in Van Nuys, California, where many of the big hit records were recorded (Elton John, Metallica, Neil Young, Grateful Dead, Nirvana, Tom Petty). Sadly, Joe passed away in 1991, before he and Alan had a chance to produce any songs together.
Germany and the Secret Genocide film score
Of the many projects Alan has taken on, he remains most grateful for the opportunity to have worked with producer / director Dr. J. Michael Hagopian, composing and recording the film score and theme song for his film Germany and the Secret Genocide, First Place Golden Camera Award winner in the History Category from the U.S. International Film and Video Festival, the largest festival of its kind specializing in documentary, informational and industrial films. In addition, Germany and the Secret Genocide was one of 7 productions selected from 1500 submissions from 27 countries to be nominated for the Grand Prix. The film also tied for first place at the Athens (Ohio) International Film Festival. http://armenianfilm.org
Alan is endorsed by piano manufacturer Bösendorfer. Every piano is built in Vienna, Austria, and it takes over four years to build one grand piano. Approximately 300 pianos are made in a year. Other composers/pianists that have been endorsed by Bosendorfer include Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Richard Wagner, Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms, Franz Lehár, Gustav Mahler, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Oscar Peterson, André Previn and many more great masters. It is by far the most prestigious artist endorsement in the world.
All of Alan's recordings have featured Yamaha grand pianos, and he often performs on Yamahas. Alan also endorses Yamaha keyboards and equipment. His relationship with Yamaha dates back to 1989, when he was first welcomed by Yamaha of Japan's renown Artist Relations manager Masaaki Naito.
Education & Background
Alan graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1989, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration / Administrative Management.
He studied and practiced Martial Arts for many years and while in High School was on two Karate demonstration teams, trained with National Champions and members of the US Olympic Karate Team, and taught martial arts and gymnastics after school. Alan primarily practiced Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Judo, but also studied several other arts.