Born in 1984 and began to play violin at the age of eight, Alan is a native of Sulaimaniyah, a beautiful city in the mountainous Kurdish region of Iraq. He studied at the Institute of Fine Arts in Suleimanya from 2001-06 and received their final Diploma of Music. Alan has taught music at the public-school systems in his native city. In addition, he taught the violin in two different youth organizations in his hometown. He has played first violin with the Suleimanya String Orchestra. From 2007-2008 he served as principle second violin and operation manager of the Kurdish String Orchestra. Alan studied at the Iraqi Unity Arts Academy with American Voices in July of 2007 and 2008 and served as a Coordinator and translator. In 2008, he was invited to the United States to study Music and English at Saint Louis University where he studied violin with Marc Thayer. Alan also played first violin with the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of Ward Stare. In 2009, he went to Houston to perform in a benefit for the American Voices Organization. In 2010, Alan went to Boston to perform and teach a Master class on Middle Eastern music at New England Conservatory, and Webster University. Recently Alan received his Bachelor in Violin Performance from the University of Missouri- Saint Louis (UMSL), where he studied violin with John McGrosso, David Gillham, and Julia Sakharova. In addition to violin lessons, Alan studies chamber music with the Arianna Quartet and was a member of the Saint Louis University String Orchestra, for whom he has composed, conducted, and played as the concertmaster. Alan also has served as the Concertmaster at UMSL orchestra from 2014 through 2016. Currently Alan, is working on his master’s degree in information systems and Cybersecurity.