Alan Grubner

Alan Grubner graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College where he received both the 1998 MacDonald-Smith Music Prize for High Achievement in Musical Performance and the Heiman-Rosenthal Ensembles Award for High Achievement in the Creative Arts. He continued graduate studies in jazz performance at Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory. where he studied jazz and improvisation. Mr. Grubner has been an associate instructor of violin and improvisation studies at Five Towns College, and he is equally dedicated to inspiring students and audiences throughout the world.

Some of Alan’s more recent work on fiddle is featured throughout the groundbreaking film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival and the Caméra d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. Alan plays violin and viola on the soundtracks of multiple episodes of the Emmy Award-winning TV series, Louie, starring Grammy Award-winning comedian, Louis C.K.

In 2012 Alan received two commissions to compose pieces for contemporary alternative string quartet. Missed Rust and Drops were premiered respectively by the North Sky Cello Quartet at the historic Trinity Church concert series in Downtown Manhattan and the Nurse Kaya String Quartet at Bennington College.

The debut album from Alan Grubner’s Firelight Ensemble, Long Road Home, features Mr. Grubner’s songwriting and performances by Aoife O’Donovan, Sonya Kitchell and Philip Hamilton.