Alan Epstein has been playing music since his college days in the early 1970's when his father bought him his first mandolin. Over the past 40 years, he has studied with some of the top mandolin players in the world, has played in numerous bluegrass bands, was the founder of the modern day Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra (2002), was a contributing writer to Mandolin Magazine (2004-2005) and in 2004 was a recipient of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Apprenticeship in Traditional Arts grant, which allowed him to study mandolin with the great Russian/Gypsy mandolinist Charley Rappaport.

As a teacher, Alan has taught mandolin workshops at Calliope in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Michigan, at Augusta Heritage "Bluegrass Week" in Elkins, West Virgina, at the 2015 CMSA Convention in Austn,Texas and at the Flurry Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Since 2012 he has been a Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam Instructor where he teaches bluegrass jamming to folks in Upstate New York and at music camps across the country. Alan excels at helping students master fundamentals and techniques, in a highly positive and fun way, giving them the confidence to enjoy a broad range of musical experiences. 

As as a performer Alan has played on stage in duet format with the great mandolinist Carlo Aonzo, was a special guest member of Don Julin's Neptune Quartet, appeared with Charley Rappaport & the Great Amercan Gypsies at the 2004 CMSA Convention in Philadelphia, as well as playing in bluegrass bands across the country.  Alan can currently be seen and heard playing Strolling Mandolin gigs and also in various duet and trio configurations in upstate New York.