Latin Grammy® winner Alan Busteed, violinist, has a history of jazz composition and improvisation dating back to the eighties. While in graduate school at UMASS Amherst he was coached by pianist Billy Taylor and saxophonist Yusef Lateef. While serving as a first violinist in the Florida Symphony Orchestra, Alan studied under modern jazz trumpeter Don Cherry. As solo violinist for the Mmadu Onyawa Jazz Quartet he presented a series of concerts through the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico.
Alan has performed with the Fania All Stars salsa band in Caracas, Venezuela, and “traded fours” with Cuban singer Celia Cruz in concert. As concertmaster of the pop string section for Mexican vocalist and composer Marco Antonio Solis, he has given concerts on both coasts of the USA. Alan has been concertmaster and improvisational solo violinist for independent motion picture scoring in Los Angeles. He has done film scoring as a violist for the Oscar winning movie “Up” with music by Michael Giaccino and played on blockbuster films including Mission Impossible and Star Trek editions, can be heard on 2014’s Dawn of The Planet of The Apes score. His composer credits include prime time television work for CBS. He performs regularly with Los Angeles based TintoTango, the almost-all-Argentinian tango group, with bandoneon player Mariano Dugatkin.
Alan Busteed has performed concert soloist with orchestra on three continents. His recent chamber music credits throughout the Southwestern USA have taken him to dozens of venues with different groups, including Trio del Mar, a classical piano trio with cellist Ruslan Biryukov and pianist Mary Au. This spring he was featured soloist in a benefit concert for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has toured nationally with the Hutchins Consort of specially designed scaled violins and concertized with the New York based groups Ensemble Sepia and Orion Piano Trio.