Alan Mackwell was born in Bayreuth, Germany. Alan began in music in the third grade through piano lessons. He soon showed talent in music, and was encouraged to begin composing by his piano teacher, which he started in his sixth grade when he took a music composition course at the middle school magnet program he attended.
His first activity was composing short melodies and themes. Later in middle school he began to write more advanced compositions. Alan began writing orchestral music in the eighth grade after being accepted to the American Festival of the Arts’ Composer’s Institute, where two of his pieces were performed. In 2014, he was one of the fifteen composers world-wide to attend the Interlochen Summer Arts Program for music composition, and wrote for the World Youth Symphony. He was selected in 2015 to attend the prestigious Boston Conservatory High School Composition Intensive. Alan is alumni of Clear Lake High School in Houston and played cello in their nationally acclaimed full orchestra, and continues to play piano and write music.