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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, from Andy Akiho, Christopher Cerrone, and Amy Beth Kirsten to John Luther Adams, George Crumb, and Paola Prestini.

In 2017, Mr. Rosenbaum released his first full-length solo album, Memory Palace, on NS Tracks. It features five of his commissions as well as collaborations with Brooklyn Rider and flutist Gina Izzo. 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 2020.

He has appeared at the Bay Chamber, Bridgehampton, Chamber Music Northwest, Edinburgh Fringe, Lake Champlain, Music@Menlo, Norfolk, and Yellow Barn festivals, and has collaborated with the Dover Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, and violinist Kristin Lee. 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 include the world premiere of Seven Pillars, an evening-length multidisciplinary work by Andy Akiho with Sandbox Percussion at the Mondavi Center, a performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Kontakte at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a series of performances with pianist Michael Brown and cellist Nick Cannellakis, and debuts at the Moab Music Festival, Rockport Music, and Dumbarton Oaks.

Mr. Rosenbaum is a member of Sandbox Percussion, The Percussion Collective, The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and HOWL. He has recorded for the Bridge, 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.


The War Below (2018, NS Tracks)
Andy Akiho’s sophomore album features his new septet, recorded by myself, The Knights, Vicky Chow, and Andy.

Memory Palace (2017, VIA Records)
My debut solo album, including commissions by Timo Andres, Christopher Cerrone, David Crowell, Tawnie Olson and Paola Prestini with appearances by Brooklyn Rider and Gina Izzo.

Patrick Castillo: The Quality of Mercy (2015, Innova Records)
Vocal and chamber works by Patrick Castillo.

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival LIVE (2014)
Featuring Howard Shore’s A Palace Upon the Ruins

Martin Bresnick: Prayers Remain Forever (2014, Starkland Records)
Six new chamber works by Martin Bresnick, including my recording of a piece I helped commission, A Message from the Emperor.

Music@Menlo LIVE (2014, disc 6)
Featuring George Crumb’s American Songbook II: A Journey Beyond Time with Randall Scarlata, Gilbert Kalish, Florian Conzetti, Christopher Froh, Ayano Kataoka, and I.

Paul Lansky: Textures and Threads (2014, Bridge Records)
A new recording of Threads with my group Time Travelers: Gwen Burgett, Ayano Kataoka, Svet Stoyanov and myself.

Music@Menlo LIVE (2013, disc 1)
Featuring Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Wu Han and Gilbert Kalish, piano and Christopher Froh and I, percussion.

No One To Know One – Andy Akiho (2011, Innova Records)
Percussion on Ki Iro, to wALk Or ruN in wEst harlem, and NO one To kNOW one

Tango Distinto – Achilles Liarmakopoulos (2011, Naxos Records)
Marimba and trombone arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s Nightclub 1960