Joseph Gramely (1988 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts)
GRAMMY award-winning multi-percussionist Joseph Gramley has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, producer, concert host and with major symphony orchestras. He has released two solo recordings: American Deconstruction, a rendition of five milestone works in the modern multi-percussion canon, and Global Percussion. He released eight albums as a founding member of the Silkroad Ensemble and served as the group’s first Associate Artistic Director working directly with Yo-Yo Ma. He is currently associate professor of music and director of percussion studies at the University of Michigan. Gramley directed the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar for seventeen years, tours with The Knights as well as with organist Clive Driskill-Smith in the duo Organized Rhythm. He has performed with artists ranging from Elton John to Renee Fleming, Cristina Pato to Wu Man and has collaborated with musicians worldwide. Upon graduation from the University of Michigan he was awarded the University’s highest honor: The Stanley Medal. Gramley performed seven years for Spoleto Festival and fifteen summers at the Marlboro Music Festival. He made his concerto debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra after winning their National Soloist Competition and his solo debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 1994. Gramley received his master’s degree from Juilliard.