Ian Rosenbaum, percussion

Photo by Matt Fried

Praised for his “spectacular performances” (Wall Street Journal), and his “unfailing virtuosity” (Chicago Tribune), percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum has developed a musical breadth far beyond his years. As a passionate advocate for contemporary music, Mr. Rosenbaum has premiered over one hundred new chamber and solo works. He has collaborated with and championed the music of established and emerging composers alike. 

In 2017, Mr. Rosenbaum released his first full-length solo album, Memory Palace, on NS Tracks. He is featured on Andy Akiho’s 2018 album The War Below alongside The Knights and pianist Vicky Chow, and will release an album with Andy Akiho and the Dover Quartet in 2021. In 2012 Mr. Rosenbaum joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two) program as only the second percussionist they have selected in their history. 

Highlights of the 2019-2020 season included a performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Kontakte at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and debuts at the Moab Music Festival, Rockport Music, and Dumbarton Oaks. The virtual world premiere of Christopher Cerrone’s Don’t Look Down featuring pianist Conor Hanick and Sandbox Percussion was presented during the summer by the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. 

Future highlights include the world premiere of Seven Pillars, an evening- length multidisciplinary work by Andy Akiho with Sandbox Percussion, and world premieres by Douglas Cuomo, Molly Joyce, Harold Meltzer, and Jessica Meyer. 

Mr. Rosenbaum is a member of Sandbox Percussion, The Percussion Collective, and The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He has recorded for the Bridge, Coviello Classics, Innova, Naxos, and Starkland labels and is on faculty at the Mannes School of Music. Mr. Rosenbaum endorses Pearl/Adams instruments, Vic Firth mallets, and Remo drumheads.