Daniel Druckman Leads Juilliard Percussion in ‘Founders’ Concert

By Philip Trapp on Mar 25, 2016 04:50 PM EDT

Musician Daniel Druckman will direct the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble in a special presentation of Founders: Percussion Music of Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe this April.

The production, presented in tribute to the three creators of the annual Bang on a Can Summer Festival in Massachusetts, takes place next month at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York.

As described by Juilliard's notice of the event, the concert will feature ensemble members performing various works by each of Bang on a Can's founders:

"The program features Pulitzer Prize winning composer Julia Wolfe's Dark Full Ride (2002) performed by Ethan Ahmad, Joseph Desotelle, Anthony Guarino, and Christian Krogvold-Lundqvist; David Lang's the so-called laws of nature (2002) performed by Sae Hashimoto, Brandon Ilaw, David Yoon, and Joshua Vonderheide; and Michael Gordon's Timber (2009) performed by Joseph Bricker, Tz-Ho Chan, Tyler Cunningham, Jake Darnell, Taylor Hampton, Hanna Kim, and Gregory LaRosa."

Artistic director Druckman has been a Juilliard instructor since 1991, serving as chairman of their percussion department since 2004. The distinguished orchestral soloist is also associate principal percussionist of the New York Philharmonic.

Raised in New York City, Juilliard alumnus Druckman has premiered multiple orchestral works with ensembles Speculum Musicae and the New York New Music Ensemble. A prolific composer and percussionist, the instrumentalist has also issued multiple solo recordings.

Druckman has been a performer nearly all his life. In a Juilliard staff interview, the musician described being raised by a musician, perpetually surrounded by the craft:

"My father [composer Jacob Druckman] was a musician, so I was surrounded by music and by performers from a very young age. I'm not sure there was ever a conscious decision made, but it seemed to become increasingly inevitable by age 12 or so, as I experienced some success with it."

The Juilliard Percussion Ensemble is a respected performance troupe, founded at the college in the 1960s. The ensemble perform yearly concerts in addition to special events around New York.

The concert is scheduled for Monday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets to the show are available from Juilliard or Alice Tully Hall's box office. For further details and a schedule of more upcoming events, check out Juilliard's events website at

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