Alan Bern (Bloomington, Indiana, 1955) is an American Jewish composer, pianist, accordionist, educator and cultural activist, based in Berlin since 1987. He is the creator of Present-Time Composition (PTC), a method for spontaneous co-creation that deeply explores individual impulses in their intersubjective, communicative and compositional dimensions. He is the founding artistic director of Yiddish Summer Weimar and the Other Music Academy (OMA). In 2016 he received the Weimar Prize in recognition of major cultural contributions to the city of Weimar. In 2017 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Free State of Thuringia, and in 2022 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.