Alan began his musical journey in 1999 as a student in the first classical guitar classes offered at The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee under the direction of Charles Evans. Only three years later, he was selected as a performer on the NPR radio show From The Top - “the preeminent showcase for America’s best young musicians”. He continued his studies with Mario Abril at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he was a winner of the Authors and Artists Club scholarship as well as the school’s concerto competition. Holding a Master of Arts degree in guitar performance from Middle Tennessee State University, his principle teachers also include William Yelverton and Stephen Robinson.
Shikoh was recently named as one of three finalists for Acoustic Guitarist of the Year 2019 by MusicRadar and the editors of Guitarist, Guitar Techniques, and Total Guitar magazines.
As well as an adept and engaging performer, Alan is an accomplished composer and arranger, winning 1st Prize in the Roland Dyens International Arranging Competition and 2nd Prize in the Portugal International Guitar Composition Competition. His work has been published by Les Productions d’OZ and performed internationally.
Outside of his classical guitar background he has also served as a session player on electric and acoustic guitars for a wide range of diverse musical projects including appearances on several studio albums as well as live touring in the United States, Canada, Italy, and The Caribbean.
As a teacher, Alan has served on the adjunct faculty at Lee University, Southern Adventist University, and Covenant College.