Robert Schulz, percussion
Percussionist Robert Schulz is widely regarded as one of the finer all-around percussionists working today. With an expertise extending across a broad range of musical styles and instruments, he collaborates with an eclectic variety of artists, on local, national, and international stages. For 20 years he has served as principal percussionist for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and has managed the innumerable percussive complexities for more than 50 commercially released recordings and hundreds of concerts. He is principal percussionist for the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, and Dinosaur Annex New Music Ensemble. He is active as a timpanist in both classical and period performance styles, performing, touring, and recording with Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, Cantata Singers, Odyssey Opera, Monadnock Festival Orchestra, the Boston Chamber Music Society, and the Bach, Beethoven & Brahms Society. As a percussion soloist, he has performed concerti by Lukas Foss (multi-percussion), Tan Dun (water percussion), Eric Moe (drum set), Gail Kubik (cartoon percussion) and, most recently, Philip Glass (timpani).
Schulz has been a featured soloist with the Boston Celebrity Series and the Boston Chamber Music Society numerous times, playing anything from dinner plates to African drums. In 2004, Schulz received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Small Ensemble Performance on Yehudi Wyner’s The Mirror (Naxos) and gave the Boston premiere of Tan Dun’s Water Concerto with BMOP. He tours nationally and internationally with pipa virtuoso Wu Man and was the featured soloist for the 2006 CrossSound Festival in Juneau, Alaska. Recent releases of Play by Andrew Norman (BMOP) and Seeing by Christopher Rouse (Albany Symphony) were nominated for Grammy Awards in 2015.