Contemporary Performance Program
David Cossin was born and raised in Queens, New York, and studied classical percussion at Manhattan School of Music. His interest in classical percussion, drum set, non-western hand drumming, composition, and improvisation has led to performances across a broad spectrum of musical and artistic forms to incorporate new media with percussion.
He has recorded and performed internationally with composers and ensembles including Steve Reich and Musicians, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Meredith Monk, Tan Dun, Cecil Taylor, Talujon Percussion Quartet, Terry Riley, Don Byron, and Louis Andriessen. Numerous theater projects include collaborations with Blue Man Group, Mabou Mines, and director Peter Sellars. David Cossin was featured as the percussion soloist in Tan Dun’s Grammy and Oscar winning score to Ang Lee’s film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Recently, he was happy to perform with Sting on his world tour, Symphonicity.
Among the orchestras David Cossin has performed as a soloist with throughout the world are the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra Radio France, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sao Paulo State Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Hong Kong Symphony, and the Singapore Symphony. Most recently, he premiered Andy Akiho’s Ricochet Concerto in Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. His ventures into other art forms include sonic installations, which have been presented in New York, Italy, and Germany. He is also an active composer and has invented several new instruments that expand the limits of traditional percussion.
David Cossin is the curator for the Sound Res Festival, an experimental music festival in southern Italy.