Percussion artist, composer, and
educator Dr. Gene Koshinski (b.
1980) has delighted audiences worldwide with his dynamic performances and
creative programming. Koshinski serves
as Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Minnesota Duluth and
is well-known for his extraordinary versatility as a solo, chamber, symphonic,
jazz, pop, and world music artist. He
has performed in Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Jordan, Slovenia,
Canada, and throughout the United States.
Most recently, Koshinski was invited to headline the 2013 Tapages International Percussion
Festival in Lyon, France.
In 2002, Koshinski won the National
MTNA Percussion Competition in Cincinnati, OH and in 2004, finished 3rd in the
prestigious Universal Marimba Duo Competition in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. As a composer, Koshinski was named the
recipient of the 2012 ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for best new score for
large ensemble for his work Concerto for
Marimba and Choir.
Throughout his career, Koshinski has
worked with many notable performing organizations and artists including NFL Films,
Late Show with David Letterman, Mary Wilson (the Supremes), David Samuels,
Wycliffe Gordon, Tom Harrell, Ingrid Jensen, Denis Diblasio, David Bixler, Philadelphia
Boys Choir, The Lettermen, Hartford Symphony, Minnesota Ballet, and is
currently section percussionist for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and
a member of Nebojsa Zivkovic’s Jovan Perkussion Projekt. For his work with NFL Films, he can be heard
on the Emmy award-winning soundtrack A
Century of NFL. Performances have also been heard on the CBS, PBS, and ESPN
television networks as well as NPR. In
addition, he has recorded for the Naxos, Innova, MSR Classics, and Equilibrium
Koshinski is a founding member of
the Quey Percussion Duo, a touring group established to generate new works for
percussion while also bringing standard repertoire to a broad audience. He also
serves as Director of Percussion at the annual 6-week Performing Arts Institute
International Summer Music Festival in Kingston, PA. He recently published a method book entitled The Additive Method of Two-Mallet Study,
which focuses on keyboard percussion technique and performance. As an advocate for new music, Koshinski has
commissioned and premiered works by renowned composers including Stuart
Saunders Smith, Alejandro Viñao, David Macbride, and Dave Hollinden.
Koshinski holds degrees from West
Chester University (BM) and The Hartt School (MM and DMA). His method book, solo albums, and over
20 published compositions are distributed internationally, with many of his
compositions receiving frequent global performances. Gene Koshinski is
an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and is sponsored by Pearl/Adams
Instruments, Sabian Cymbals, Remo, and Innovative Percussion and his works are
published by HoneyRock, Bachovich, and C. Alan Publications.