Erik Alvar is an active touring musician and rising educator that recently completed a master’s degree in classical bass performance while working as a graduate assistant to the jazz program at the University of Florida. Alvar holds a bachelor’s degree in commercial music from Florida State University where he also studied business, jazz bass, and classical bass. After earning an undergraduate degree Alvar moved to Nashville, Tennessee for three years where he kept a full time recording and touring schedule spending an average of 200 days a year on the road.
Alvar has performed in 46 states and with bands in styles ranging from old time, to jazz, classical, rock, world, folk, and country. He has also toured extensively with theater shows including on the second national tour of the Broadway musical, A Christmas Story the Musical. He is most widely known as a progressive bluegrass bassist and has made a reputation for himself playing with and opening for many of the genre’s legends. His last gig was as bassist/founding member of the Jim Hurst Trio which could be seen headlining festivals and at concert series around the country. Other groups he’s performed with include Billy Strings, Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run, and the Roys.
Although Alvar’s primary instrument is upright bass, he hosts a full teaching studio of bass guitar, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo, ukulele, and mountain dulcimer students. All of these he learned while touring the country with bands of every style, many to the proficiency of placing at regional contests such as the 2017 Florida Folk Festival old time banjo contest where Alvar took third place.