Ian Rosenbaum


March 23, 2014

Music Room

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At 25-years-old, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum is a prolific soloist and collaborator. This year he joined the roster of the Lincoln Center‘s Chamber Music Society Two as only the second percussionist in their history. His versatility, imagination, and musicality have marked him as a distinctive voice in the field of percussion. Please note this concert has changed and will no longer feature the Mivos Quartet.


Andy Akiho (b. 1979)
Stop Speaking

David Crowell
Celestial Sphere

Frederic Rzewski (b. 1938)
To The Earth

Andy Akiho


John Cage (1912-1992)
In a Landscape

JSBach (1685-1750)
Cello Suite in C minor, BWV 1011
Gavottes 1 & 2

Tawnie Olson (b. 1976)
No Two Blackbirds*
(*world premiere)

Alejandro Viñao (b. 1951)
Khan Variations




Still only 25-years-old, percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum has developed a musical breadth far beyond his years. He made his Kennedy Center debut in 2009 and later that year garnered a special prize created for him at the Salzburg International Marimba Competition.

However it is in the sphere of chamber music performance that Rosenbaum has achieved his greatest success. He has performed with the acclaimed So Percussion group and has appeared at the Norfolk, Yellow Barn and Chamber Music Northwest Festivals as well as with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. At the conclusion of Yellow Barn, artistic director Seth Knopp said, “Ian Rosenbaum’s music-making is informed by a wonderful intelligence, interpretive insight and prodigious control.  But above all, it is his openness of approach that makes him an unusually sensitive artist and collaborator.”

This season, Rosenbaum joins Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two program as only the second percussionist they have selected in their history. Other highlights of the 2012/2013 season include a return to the Kennedy Center with Andy Akiho’s genre-bending group Foundry, a faculty recital at the Peabody Institute, a rare performance of Gérard Grisey’s Le Noir de l’Etoile in Dallas and shows with pianist Vicky Chow and violinist Ariana Kim.

Rosenbaum is a founding member of Le Train Bleu, Novus NY, Sandbox percussion and Time Travelers. He has recorded for the Bridge, Cantaloupe, Innova and Naxos labels and recently joined the faculty of the Peabody Institute’s preparatory program. Rosenbaum endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets.




Ian Rosenbaum performs LIgNEouS 1 for Marimba and String Quartet by Andy Akiho.