Ian David Rosenbaum


Ian David Rosenbaum Photo credit: Matt Fried

Praised for his “spectacular performances” (Wall Street Journal), and his “unfailing virtuosity” (Chicago Tribune), Grammy-nominated percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum has developed a musical breadth far beyond his years. As a passionate advocate for contemporary music, he has premiered over one hundred new chamber and solo works. He has collaborated with and championed the music of established and emerging composers alike. He was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2021 for his performances on albums of music by Andy Akiho and Christopher Cerrone, including two nominations for Seven Pillars, an album by Sandbox Percussion released on Aki Rhythm Productions, a record label he co-founded with Akiho in 2021. In 2012, he joined the Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two) as only the second percussionist selected in its history and has performed regularly with the Chamber Music Society since then. Highlights of the 2021-22 season include the world premiere of Seven Pillars, a collaboration with the Borromeo String Quartet at the New England Conservatory, performances with pianist Michael Stephen Brown and cellist Nick Canellakis, and a performance of George Crumb’s seminal work Ancient Voices of Children with CMS. He is a founding member of Sandbox Percussion, the Percussion Collective, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He has recorded for the Bridge, Innova, Naxos, and Starkland labels and is on faculty at the Mannes School of Music and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Rosenbaum performs with Pearl/Adams instruments, Vic Firth mallets, and Remo drumheads.