Percussionist Daniel Druckman is active as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and recording artist, concertizing throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Composer’s Orchestra, New York Philharmonic’s Horizons concerts and San Francisco Symphony’s New and Unusual Music Series, as well as in recital in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tokyo. Since 1991 he has served as the New York Philharmonic’s Associate Principal Percussion, The Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Ulrich Chair. He has made numerous guest appearances with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Da Capo Chamber Players, American Brass Quintet, Group for Contemporary Music, Orpheus, Steve Reich and Musicians, and Philip Glass Ensemble, and he has participated in the Santa Fe, Ravinia, Saratoga, Caramoor, Bridgehampton, Tanglewood, and Aspen festivals.
An integral part of New York’s new-music community, both as soloist and as a member of the New York New Music Ensemble and Speculum Musicae, Mr. Druckman has premiered works by the likes of Babbitt, Carter, Kernis, Knussen, Ruders, Schwantner, Shapey, and Wuorinen, and his father, Jacob Druckman,. Recent appearances include collaborations with Alan Feinberg at Dartmouth College, Fred Sherry at Bargemusic, and Dawn Upshaw at Carnegie Hall, as well as solo concerts at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre and Merkin Concert Hall in New York. Recent solo recordings include Carter’s Eight Pieces for Four Timpani on Bridge Records and Jacob Druckman’s Reflections on the Nature of Water on Koch International. Daniel Druckman is a faculty member of The Juilliard School, where he serves as chairman of the percussion department and director of the percussion ensemble.
He was born and raised in New York City and attended The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Morris A. Goldenberg Memorial Scholarship and the Saul Goodman Scholarship, receiving both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music in 1980. Additional studies were undertaken at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, where he was awarded the Henry Cabot Award for outstanding instrumentalist.